Verlander optimistic about starting for Tigers on Saturday

Justin Verlander missed his last turn in the Tigers' rotation because of shoulder soreness.

Robert Deutsch


Justin Verlander could rejoin the Detroit Tigers' rotation on Saturday.

Verlander has missed one start because of a sore right shoulder.

The right-hander threw for the second straight day Wednesday and said it's ''strong to quite strong'' that he will start one game of a doubleheader Saturday against Minnesota.

Verlander will throw a light bullpen Thursday. He is 10-11 with a 4.76 ERA in 25 starts this season.

Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said right-hander Bud Farmer will be called up from Triple-A Toledo to get a start in one of Saturday's games.

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