MLB notebook: Tigers' Verlander out at least 10 days with inflammation
Justin Verlander's sore right shoulder will likely force him to miss at least one start, the latest setback for the reeling Tigers.
Detroit manager Brad Ausmus is thrilled, however, the news isn't worse. Ausmus said an MRI on Verlander's shoulder Tuesday revealed inflammation “in a number of different areas” but no major structural damage.
Verlander left Monday night's 11-6 loss to the Pirates after laboring through a first inning in which he surrendered five runs. He complained of discomfort in the shoulder afterward and added he “didn't feel great.” While the initial prognosis is encouraging, he'll almost certainly won't pitch for 10 days.
• The Orioles spent much of Tuesday awaiting the results of an MRI on the right knee of third baseman Manny Machado, but the status of his knee remained a mystery. The third baseman initially was diagnosed with a sprained knee Monday after an awkward swing forced him to the ground in the batter's box. Machado is batting .278 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs.
• Indians outfielder David Murphy will miss four to five weeks with a strained right oblique muscle. Murphy, who had been bothered by soreness on his right side, was injured on a swing Saturday and left the game. Murphy is hitting .262 with seven home runs and 55 RBIs.
• The Padres have recalled infielder-outfielder Jake Goebbert from Triple-A El Paso and placed shortstop Everth Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, retroactive to Sunday.
• Blue Jays pitcher Neil Wagner will undergo Tommy John surgery next week to repair his right arm. Wagner, 30, had an 8.10 ERA in 10 appearances with the Blue Jays this season.
• Commissioner Bud Selig hopes to introduce his successor, perhaps as soon as Thursday. Baseball's 30 owners will meet in Baltimore this week to vote on Selig's replacement. A seven-man committee whittled down an expansive list to three candidates: MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred; Red Sox chairman Tom Werner; and Tim Brosnan, MLB vice president of business.