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Justin Verlander's MRI shows inflammation, no structural damage in shoulder

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Justin Verlander's sore shoulder will not end with a stint on the disabled list, but he will miss at least one start due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Robbie Ray will temporarily step into Verlander's spot in the starting rotation.

Justin K. Aller

Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus has announced the injury status of starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who was pulled from his start Monday night with pain in his right shoulder.

Considering the stakes, the Tigers should be happy with the results. Verlander is not expected to miss a significant amount of time.

The MRI did find inflammation in multiple spots in Verlander's shoulder. Ausmus says reducing the inflammation will be the major hurdle, and the diagnosis is rest. Trainer Kevin Rand added the inflammation is consistent with normal wear and tear on the shoulder after years of throwing pitches.

But the news wasn't all good. Verlander will go on the shelf for the time being, missing at least one start. Best case scenario is Robbie Ray pitching in Verlander's stead on Sunday and a return to the rotation sometime next week.

Verlander was rocked during his one inning of work in Detroit's 11-6 loss to Pittsburgh. He allowed five runs and four hits in what was the shortest outing of his career.

The injury bug having hit the rotation, resulting in an exhausted bullpen, has forced more roster moves as well. To make room for Ray on the 25-man roster, Justin Miller will be sent back to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers also recalled relief pitcher Blaine Hardy from Triple-A and placed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list.