A finger problem won't keep Justin Verlander from trying to help the Detroit Tigers record a season-high fifth straight victory.
The star right-hander doesn't seem too concerned about taking the mound Tuesday night when he tries to extend his recent dominance over the visiting Minnesota Twins.
Verlander (2-2, 1.95 ERA) allowed two runs and eight hits against Kansas City on Thursday, but left with a 3-2 lead after the seventh inning with what appeared to be a blister on his pitching thumb. Detroit's bullpen gave up the tying run in the eighth and five in the 10th of an 8-3 loss.
Verlander, meanwhile, doesn't think it will be an issue.
"It developed a little in my last start. Started getting a little bit worse after the fifth, and I started to notice it," Verlander said. "I didn't want to risk it becoming something that I might have to deal with in my next start and the start after that, and then it turns into a month. This way, it isn't an issue. That's why I got out of there."