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Verlander, Machado better than originally feared

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(AP) — A couple of American League playoff hopefuls have received encouraging medical news.

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says an MRI on pitcher Justin Verlander’s sore right shoulder reveals inflammation in several areas but no major structural damage. Verlander will likely miss at least one start after leaving Monday night’s game in Pittsburgh. Verlander gave up five runs in the first inning against the Pirates and came out of the game following a plate appearance the next inning.

The Baltimore Orioles say third baseman Manny Machado was been diagnosed with a strained right knee, one day after suffering the injury during an at-bat in Monday’s 11-3 rout of the Yankees. The Orioles originally diagnosed Machado’s injury as a sprained knee.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy may have to go on the DL because of a sprained thumb suffered in Saturday’s victory over the Cardinals, but manager Buck Showalter wasn’t sure either player would have to be shelved.

In other major league injury news:

— Indians outfielder David Murphy will miss four to five weeks with a strained right oblique muscle suffered Saturday against the New York Yankees, Murphy was hitting .262 with seven home runs and 55 RBIs.

— The Kansas City Royals placed left-hander Scott Downs on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a stiff neck. Downs hadn’t pitched since Aug. 2 and is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 relief appearances with the Royals this season.

— The New York Mets have put right-hander Jacob deGrom on the 15-day disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis. The team filled the roster spot by recalling starting pitcher Rafael Montero, who is starting tonight against Washington.


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