Verlander hasn't faced hitters since his triceps tightened up during his Spring Training start against the Blue Jays on March 27. He lasted just two-plus innings in that game before leaving in the third. His pitch count had been stretched out in previous outings, but that has now been a while.
That's also why Ausmus isn't ruling out a rehab outing.
"If he only throws 60 pitches and he doesn't feel great, now it's tough to throw him into a Major League game when he's got a 75-pitch count. We have to wait and see before any decision is made on that."
While Verlander prepares to face hitters, reliever Bruce Rondon -- who also opened the season on the disabled list -- remains sidelined with biceps tendinitis. He was shut down from throwing last week to get another round of treatment, and he hasn't thrown since.
Closer Joe Nathan, meanwhile, still has a few more days of treatment to go before he has a chance to pick up a ball. He's on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain.