Former two-time MLB wins champion pitcher Justin Verlander underwent a successful surgery to repair his core muscle this morning.
Detroit refused to specify which 'core muscle' had been operated on, but the surgery was declared a success.
The six-time MLB All-Star was operated on by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia. Verlander is understood to be sidelined for at least six weeks before he will be reassessed.
Only at that stage will the Tigers know whether or not he will be available for their first spring training game against Florida Southern College on Feb 25th.
The ball club's General Manager Dave Dombrowski hopes Verlander will participate in spring training and 'be in a position to compete' for a place in the team ahead of the start to the 2014 MLB season.
Verlander's record for the Tigers last year was 13-12, as his side won the American League Central Division title, only to lose 4-2 in the AL Championship Series to the Boston Red Sox.