Tigers don't know when Verlander will throw again

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Angel Nesbitt and Miguel Cabrera high-five after the final out Sunday.

Detroit -- Justin Verlander's return from a triceps strain in his right arm remains on hold. Verlander was told not to throw Sunday and there is no firm timetable for when he will resume his throwing program.

"I think we're going to wait until he really feels good," pitching coach Jeff Jones said. "I don't think he felt bad today, but I think we're trying to wait until everything gets out of there, and then we'll go from there."

Verlander threw 80 pitches last Wednesday in Pittsburgh – 35-pitch bullpen and a 45-pitch simulated game. The soreness from that outing has not abated.

"After he threw the other day, he was a little sore, so we just have to make sure," Jones said. "That's why we pushed him back to start with. He might've been able to pitch through it at the start of the season, but we didn't want to take that chance.

"I think if we would've taken that chance and he hurt it worse, we would've been kicking ourselves. So we're just trying to get it totally out of there before we go forward."

Ausmus was asked if he was concerned the injury is lingering.

"I would rather have him back but I don't want to rush him to where it would cost him more time or cause the injury to recur," he said. "It's not whether I am concerned or not. I'd like to have him back in our rotation. But we have to wait."

Extra-base pop

Of the Tigers' 12 hits against the White Sox Sunday, eight were for extra bases.

"I think we're having fun right now," said Nick Castellanos, who extended his hit streak to seven games. "Everybody's really light, no one's pressing. Just good chemistry in the clubhouse and everything's kind of rolling our way right now.

"We know baseball can change at any time so we're just enjoying this right now."

The Tigers had two home runs, a triple and five doubles. The triple belonged to – catcher James McCann. It was not only his first career three-bagger, it snapped an 0-for-13 skid.

He just missed another extra-base hit when center fielder Adam Eaton snared his long blast to the track in centerfield.

"Really, the one that Eaton caught -- and I've seen Eaton do that too many times against us -- in any other ballpark that might be a home run," Ausmus said. "I think we're seeing that James McCann is a strong human.

"Although he didn't hit for a lot of power in the minors, it wouldn't shock me if a few years down the road, he was hitting for a little bit more power."

Short hops

Closer Joe Nathan (elbow flexor strain) is eligible to come off the DL Wednesday, but it may not happen that day.

"He's got to pitch in a game at some point, whether it's a rehab assignment or a simulated game," Ausmus said. "We will discuss it with him, Kevin (Rand, trainer) and Dave (Dombrowski, general manager and president)."

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