Verlander will travel with the Tigers on their week-long road trip to Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Since his disabled list stint was backdated to March 29, he's eligible to return Monday. Whether Detroit would want Verlander and his strained right triceps to step to the plate in an Interleague game against the Pirates is another matter.
With an off-day next Thursday, the Tigers don't need a fifth starter until April 21 against the Yankees at Comerica Park. Verlander pitched seven innings of two-run ball against New York last year. However, he went 3-1 with a 3.63 ERA in five starts last season against the White Sox, who come to town next weekend ahead of the Yankees series.
Either way, Ausmus said Verlander will have to face hitters in a simulated setting before he's cleared to pitch in a game.
"We'll have to do some type of simulated game for him before he goes into a regular-season game," Ausmus said. "I can't tell you where we're going to slot him in, because really after Sunday, we could slot him in anywhere depending on how he felt. So I can't tell you where he's going to pitch at this point."
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