Tigers' Verlander will get third MRI next week

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Justin Verlander posted a green light on Instagram Wednesday, a day after his latest MRI.

Kansas City – Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Justin Verlander, on the DL with a right triceps strain, will have a third MRI when the team gets to Chicago – either Monday or Tuesday.

If the MRI is clean, Verlander could resume his throwing program.

"What they are looking for is inflammation in the area of where the problem was," Ausmus said. "With this injury, you may feel pain-free and not realize there is still fluid in the area. Until you get to that very last step (throwing with maximum effort) and it feels sore again.

"The MRI is to make sure the fluid is completely out of there."

Verlander tossed lightly at 60 feet for the second time before Thursday's game.

"If he had a little kid, it would be like he was tossing a ball to his little kid," Ausmus said. "I think we do it to keep him from going stir crazy."