Verlander feels triceps tightness, concern level low

Verlander feels triceps tightness, concern level low

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Justin Verlander said Saturday morning he feels similar tightness in his right triceps to what forced him out of his Grapefruit League start Friday, though he said his level of concern remains low.

"Pretty low," Verlander said, "especially with the time we have [before next start], extra day and can even manipulate things forward if need be."

Verlander is tentatively scheduled to start on Thursday against the Yankees at Joker Marchant Stadium to mark his Spring Training finale. He has another extra day of rest scheduled before his season debut, slated for April 8 against the Twins in the Tigers' second game of the season.

Verlander was an early arrival at Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday morning and met with head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. He did not have an MRI exam or any other tests. His treatment so far has been limited to ice, and he was in the outfield shagging fly balls during batting practice.

Verlander's injury remains listed as a right triceps cramp, though Verlander said the next couple days will indicate whether it's a cramp or a strain.

"We kind of all assumed I'd be sore today," he said. "It's really [a question of] how it bounces back in the next couple days. That'll tell us a lot more about the injury, I guess, whether it's a mild strain or whether it was just a cramp. Either way, even if it was just a very mild strain, it's still like I said, very mild. It's nothing that would hold me out for an extended period of time."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.