Justin Verlander pulled after shortest outing of his career
Justin Verlander left after just one inning of Monday’s start in Pittsburgh, the shortest outing of his career.
Verlander threw 40 pitches in the first inning, as the Pirates batted around, posting five runs. After a brief, confused scramble in the Tigers dugout — where it appeared they were determining whether or not to pinch hit for Verlander — the starter hit for himself in the top of the second, laying down a sacrifice bunt.
[UPDATE: Verlander left the game with right shoulder soreness, and will be further evaluated Tuesday.]
The previous shortest was 1 2/3 innings on Sept. 1, 2008, against the New York Yankees.
Just called up from Triple-A Toledo on Monday, Justin Miller took over on the mound for Verlander in the bottom of the second inning.
Verlander has not had a good season to date, coming in 10-10, with an ERA of 4.57, on the heels of offseason core muscle repair surgery.