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Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Justin Verlander

Detroit – Justin Verlander may be inching closer to resuming his throwing regimen – though inching is the operative word.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday morning that Verlander, on the DL with triceps strain, will accompany the Tigers on their 10-game road trip that starts Monday in Minnesota.

"He'll go because he may be able to throw at some point on the trip," Ausmus said.

Verlander has been shut down since aggravating the injury during a simulated game April 15. An MRI confirmed it was a triceps strain, and it showed fluid (inflammation) in the area.

"He can't pick up a baseball until he's completely pain-free and there's no fluid in the area," Ausmus said.

Ausmus was asked if Verlander re-strained the triceps during the simulated game.

"I don't know if it was re-strained," he said. "My understanding is that it wasn't fully recovered (before he threw the sim game), which is why it became sore again – and which is why we are at this point where we have to have him completely free of pain and inflammation before he starts again.

"We don't want to return to that scenario."

Meanwhile, reliever Bruce Rondon, on the DL with biceps tendonitis, was scheduled to throw 20 fastballs and five change-ups after doing long-toss Saturday. He will be off on Sunday but resume throwing Monday. Ausmus said he will throw breaking balls on Monday.

Asked if the Tigers were being extra caution because Rondon is coming off Tommy John surgery, Ausmus said, "No, we are just working based on how he's felt."

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