Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander will make his first start of the 2015 season on Saturday against the Cleveland Indians, the team told MLB.com Tuesday.
Verlander is coming off of a triceps injury he suffered during a spring training game against Toronto.
The Tigers placed the 32 year old on the disabled list on April 8 with triceps cramping. It was the first time in Verlander's 11-year career - all with the Tigers - that the team had placed him on the DL.
Verlander struck out nine batters in 5 2/3 innings on Saturday in a 93-pitch minor league rehabilitation start with the Toledo Mud Hens.
The six-time All-Star has pitched at least 200 innings in each of the last eight seasons, but the 2011 Cy Young Award winner regressed in 2014 when he posted a 4.54 ERA.
Verlander is signed with the Tigers through 2019 to an average of $28 million per year.
Detroit was 30–28 coming in to Tuesday night's games, 3 1/2 games back in the American League Central.
- Will Green