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AL Central update: Justin Verlander, Alcides Escobar, Terrance Gore, Brian Duensing

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The Tigers will 'slow down' Justin Verlander's rehab but the club does not feel an MRI is necessary at this point.

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Justin Verlander threw a simulated game on Wednesday, however his session was ultimately cut short when he felt fatigue. Verlander did not feel any pain, but the Tigers are not in a rush to get their front of the rotation starter back.

Detroit will be slowing down Verlander's rehab as a result of soreness, although an MRI is not expected at this point. Verlander has not made a start since the end of March, when he took the mound for his final outing of the spring. Verlander has made minor progress since being placed on the 15-day disabled list with an upper triceps strain.

AL Central Update 4/18

  • Kansas City opted to promote outfielder Terrance Gore, however his major league time was short lived. Gore was sent back to Double-A on Friday, with Reymond Fuentes taking his spot on the roster. Gore was an option to replace Alex Rios, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after breaking a bone in his left hand.
  • Rios is not the only Royal to be injured of late. Alcides Escobar sustained a sprain and contusion to his left knee, which came as a result of a notably aggressive Brett Lawrie slide. Lawrie was (supposedly) attempting to break up a double play.
  • Danny Salazar is now a member of the Indians' starting rotation. He was promoted from Triple-A on Saturday, and as a result, Zach McAllister will be moved to the bullpen. McAllister was challenged in his start last week, and Salazar struck out seven over six innings in his first start of the season.
  • Micah Johnson has been off to a slow start for the White Sox. 71 percent of the pitches he has seen have been fastballs, but he is also a rookie and is mistake prone defensively.

AL Central Standings 4/18

Central W L PCT GB
Tigers 9 1 0.900 -
Royals 8 2 0.800 1
Twins 4 6 0.400 5
White Sox 3 6 0.333 5.5
Indians 3 6 0.333 5.5