Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won't know if he'll be invited to his sixth All-Star Game until the rosters are unveiled July 6. But even if he's extended an invitation, he likely won't be able to pitch. Manager Jim Leyland confirmed early Sunday that Verlander is tentatively scheduled to make his final start before the break July 14, just two days before the All-Star Game in New York. By rule, pitchers who start on the Sunday before the All-Star Game aren’t eligible to pitch in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic, according to Leyland. "(Sunday starters) can't pitch," Leyland said. "The guy Saturday can pitch an inning -- probably an inning -- but the guy Sunday couldn't pitch." His comments differ from a widespread belief that pitchers who start on the Sunday before the Midsummer Classic aren’t automatically disqualified. For those pitchers to become eligible, though, Leyland -- this year's AL All-Star manager -- would need to agree on a one-inning limit or pitch count with the pitcher's team. Regardless of the interpretation of the rule, it appears Leyland will not ask a pitcher starting the Sunday before the game to pitch Tuesday.
Verlander likely ineligible to pitch in ASG; Scherzer a strong candidate to start
Michigan Live | Jun 23