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Blister shouldn't keep Verlander from next start

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander's blister is not expected to hold him back from his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Twins, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand confirmed Friday.

Rand is classifying it as a crack in the skin near the fingernail of Verlander's right thumb.

"He's dealt with it before," Rand said. "Basically, it's a crack in the skin just like regular people working outside. Unfortunately, the location of it in the thumb area caused him to not be able to pitch coming out in the eighth inning [Thursday]."

Verlander is receiving treatment for it, which is expected to clear it up in time to allow him to prepare for his start.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.
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