Verlander told reporters Wednesday that fatigue, not pain, cut the session short.
“I tied my cleats four different times before I went out there,” Greene said.
“The energy for Opening Day, for me it’s a kin to the Super Bowl. It’s kind of an unofficial holiday for Michigan and Detroit. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of it.”
Ausmus said Nathan felt okay before he pitched Monday, but when Nathan threw Wednesday, Ausmus could tell the elbow was troubling Nathan.
“If this was September, it might be a different story,” Verlander added. “I might be pitching through some stuff right now, but talking with the coaching staff, they don’t want me to do that right now.”
In the grand scheme of a season, Opening Day is only one of 162 games, but for baseball lovers, the first game holds a unique appeal.
When designated hitter Victor Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee in February, he knew he might have to miss Opening Day
Price told reporters Friday that he was so sure Verlander would be starting on Opening Day that Price told his family members to schedule their trip to Detroit for the second game of the season.
The two most venerable starting pitchers for the Tigers had a little Twitter fun at the expense of manager Brad Ausmus on Friday morning.
As a fan long before he was a player and manager, Ausmus can see how fans might be upset at the recent departures of Scherzer and Suh.