Originally posted on Holdout Sports  |  Last updated 9/25/12

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander stayed in Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals after nearly injuring himself while diving in front of the mound to stop an errant throw from catcher Alex Avila.


It happened in the top of the fifth inning after Verlander delivered a 1-0 pitch to Royals batter Jarrod Dyson with runners on first and third. Somehow, catcher Alex Avila hit home plate umpire Bill Welke's hand on his throw back to the mound. As the ball came out bouncing towards the mound, Verlander instinctively dove to prevent the ball from getting past him and allowing the Royals runner to score from third.

Verlander got up on his knee and grabbed his left shoulder, but after being checked out by Tigers trainers, Verlander felt OK and continued to pitch. Verlander pitched eight innings and got the victory as the Tigers defeated the Royals 6-2.

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