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Tigers’ Verlander Says He Has Thrown Off Mound

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 15: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws the first pitch of Game Three of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on October 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 15: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws the first pitch of Game Three of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on October 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander says he threw about 20 pitches off a mound on Monday.

Verlander spoke with reporters Tuesday and said he didn’t have any pain in his groin and hip. The right-hander had surgery on Jan. 9.

The 30-year-old Verlander says he hurt his groin doing squats, and that he also had what was believed to be a pre-existing abdominal problem.

Verlander says he would like to pitch in five spring training games, if possible, but there is also a plan for if he is unable to do that.

Verlander went 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA last year for the AL Central champions.

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