Verlander has MRI exam, hopes to throw soon

CHICAGO — Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander is awaiting the results of his third MRI exam for his strained right triceps.

Verlander had the test Tuesday, and is hoping the inflammation has subsided enough to allow him to increase his throwing program.

Verlander began the season on the disabled list, and then cut short a simulated game due to fatigue and soreness. He said he feels "a little bit better." He also said he hopes to start throwing again soon.

Rays halt Cobb's rehab

BOSTON — Tampa Bay stopped right-hander Alex Cobb's rehabilitation program amid a report that he has a partial tear of a ligament in his throwing elbow.

The Rays said Cobb was shut down Monday after a setback in his rehab. The Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday that he has a partial ligament tear.

He will try to pitch through it after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy, the paper said. If that is unsuccessful, he would need Tommy John surgery.

In other news:

Cardinals:Left-hander Jaime Garcia threw 70 pitches during an extended spring training outing and could begin a rehab assignment Sunday. Garcia is trying to come back after a setback in his rehab from thoracic outlet surgery in spring training.

Athletics:Outfielder Cody Ross cleared waivers and was released after his short stint with Oakland.

Marlins:The team released catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, making him a free agent. Miami parted ways with the veteran even though he has nearly two seasons left on his $21 million, three-year contract.

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