Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings, left today's game against the Rangers with what is considered to be a tight quad muscle, the Tigers announced.
Justin Verlander left today's game with a tight right quad muscle. #Tigers
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 14, 2013
We don't know if it is a strained quad muscle or some other injury, all we know is that it is 'tight.' The good news for Verlander is that he will have the All-Star break to rest his quad and get healthy. If the injury doesn't heal, a stint on the DL could be likely, as that would be a devastating blow to the Detroit Tigers. Verlander is arguably the best pitcher on the Tigers, with Max Scherzer right there with him.
While Verlander isn't having his best statistical year, he still is a player this franchise can not afford to lose. He is one of the better pitchers in baseball when he is right, so losing him could be a big blow. While we don't know if the injury is serious or not, any type of injury to Verlander will make the Tigers and their fans hold their breath. On the year, Verlander is 9-6 with a 3.71 ERA and a 122/42 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Verlander will likely not miss any time, as the All-Star break is about to come, but this is definitely a situation to monitor, as the Tigers may not want to risk their star pitcher getting hurt.
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