So while everyone else was busy arguing over whether Dan Le Batard should be strung up or have a statue erected, this little piece of info quietly snuck its way onto the wires: Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent core muscle repair surgery Thursday morning.
Verlander apparently injured himself in December while working out. The Tigers expect him to still be ready for the season.
A core muscle injury is basically the same as a sports hernia, if I’m reading these internet things correctly. If the term sounds familiar to Tigers fans, it’s because Miguel Cabrera had surgery for the same thing back in October.
I am not aware of the specific type of sports hernia/core muscle injury Verlander suffered, but I sincerely hope it was not the rectus abdominus/adductor variant. The description of that makes me hurt:
This is the most common for the syndrome of chronic, severe, exertional, and lateral rectus abdominis pain related to the latter muscle’s insertion onto the pubis. Classically, a tear or an attenuation of the rectus abdominis insertion causes the syndrome as well as possible secondary pain near the adductor insertion sites onto the pubis.
I just don’t ever want the word “pubis” getting involved.