Detroit Tigers game today vs. Houston Astros: Justin Verlander scratched from start

Detroit Tigers (33-36) vs. Houston Astros (32-38)

When: 4:10 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston.

TV: Bally Sports Detroit. (Have Xfinity but still looking for a way to watch BSD? Here are some other options.)

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1; Tigers radio affiliates).

Probable pitchers: Tigers RHP Jack Flaherty (3-4, 3.22 ERA) vs. Astros RHP Spencer Arrighetti (3-5, 5.33 ERA).

Weather: Retractable roof.

Box score

Tigers lineup: TBD.

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Game notes: Justin Verlander was scratched from his start early Saturday afternoon due to neck discomfort.

Originally it was looking like it could've been Tarik Skubal vs. Verlander on Saturday, but before anyone could get their popcorn ready, the Tigers announced Flaherty's start had been pushed back one more day, with Skubal going Friday.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Flaherty throws against Houston Astros during the first inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Sunday, May 12, 2024.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Flaherty throws against Houston Astros during the first inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Flaherty hasn't pitched since June 4 because of a back issue that caused him to exit his last start after five innings but just 60 pitches. You certainly wouldn't have been able to tell based on how badly Flaherty was fooling Texas Rangers batters that day – giving up just two hits and no runs – but the free-agent addition was battling a back injury and after five innings, the team decided it was enough.

Flaherty managed to avoid the injured list but has since gotten an injection in his back to help him deal with the back issue. He effectively missed one start, but the way he's been pitching this year, the Tigers will be glad he's as back as soon as he is.

After Saturday's game, the two squads will finish off their series on Father's Day before the Tigers head to Atlanta to start a new road series with the Braves.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros: Starter Justin Verlander scratched

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