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Tigers' Verlander cleared to start light throwing on Monday

Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Justin Verlander will be cleared to throw on Monday.

"Now, when I say that, he's going to play catch," Dombrowski said during TigerFest at Comerica Park. "He hasn't thrown in a little while, so you wouldn't want him to throw (hard). He's been released to throw."

Verlander underwent core muscle surgery after injuring himself last month and was scheduled to be out six weeks.

"He's doing tremendous," Dombrowski said. "Again, you start talking about a guy who is very determined, surgery that went well. He's young, he's in a position in which (you're) talking about a world class athlete. Sometimes they come along a little bit quicker. His healing process has been very good, ahead of schedule."

Is there a concern that Verlander might try to rush back?

"The doctor has been the one that's been guiding him and has allowed what he wants to do so far," Dombrowski said. "That's why I keep saying, I'm not trying to push him to be ready. We just want him to follow what he's supposed to do, and if that gets him ready to start the season on time, which I think it will, that would be great. But I don't want it to be that it's some huge thing."

Dombrowski said from everything he has heard so far, he would be surprised if Verlander wasn't ready to start the season on time. Dombrowski added, though, that the schedule early in the season gives the Tigers flexibility, and five starters won't be necessary.

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