Verlander not affected by rainout

Verlander not affected by rainout

NEW YORK -- Justin Verlander had just gotten showered and dressed and was getting ready to leave the visitor's clubhouse at Yankee Stadium after Wednesday's postponement when Brandon Inge gave him yet another in a long line of updates.

"Hey, Justin, the game's back on," Inge joked. "It's a 10:45 start."

That update wasn't any less accurate than some of the others floated around the ballpark on this night.

Verlander was told shortly before going out to warm up for the 8:10 p.m. ET start time that the first pitch would be delayed. Later, he was told that it would be a 10 p.m. start. Several minutes after that, he was given notice of the cancellation.

Thankfully, Verlander never began seriously warming up.

"I just played catch," he said. "Some light toss."

So Verlander should be ready to go for Thursday's rescheduled Game 2 of the ALDS.

His already rested arm is even more rested now. Verlander hasn't pitched since Sept. 24

The rookie said that the extra wait shouldn't affect his preparedness.

"I don't think it's too big of a deal," he said. "I'm not making a big deal out of it. I just want to play baseball."

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Verlander had a sneaking suspicion that no baseball would be played on this night when he saw that fellow starter Mike Mussina wasn't warming up.

"I go out there and Mussina's not out there, nobody's out there, but we were informed [the start time was] 10 o'clock," he said. "So I started getting ready -- stretching, running, a little bit of throwing. And then one of the grounds crew came over and talked with [pitching coach] Chuck [Hernandez], [saying] that there might be another delay. So that's when I shut it down."

Verlander has gone 6-2 with a 2.78 ERA in daytime starts this season, vs. an 11-7 record and a 3.98 ERA at night.

On this night, he wasn't sure where exactly he'd be staying. The Tigers had already checked out of their Manhattan hotel.

"I might sleep on that couch," he said, pointing to the couch in the middle of the clubhouse. "I'm the starter tomorrow, so I get to sleep on the couch."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.