Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander underwent successful core muscle repair surgery, the team announced Thursday.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia.
Verlander sustained an injury at the end of December while performing his offseason conditioning program. He will undergo physical rehabilitation for the next six weeks and will be re-evaluated at the end of that time. The nature and extent of the injury are unclear.
"We fully anticipate Justin to participate in spring training and be in a position to compete at the beginning of the 2014 season," said general manager David Dombrowski.
Verlander went 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA in 34 starts and 218 1/3 innings last season.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the Tigers' spring training camp in Lakeland, Fla., on Feb. 14.
LA RUSSA LEAVING MLB?
Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa is reportedly on the Seattle Mariners' short list to replace outgoing president Chuck Armstrong.
La Russa wouldn't confirm his interest in the job to USA Today but admitted he would like to leave his current job as a special assistant with Major League Baseball for a front-office gig with a team.
"I've missed the competition since I left the field," La Russa said. "I talked to the commissioner about it. It's not a thing where you miss the dugout, but I miss the winning and losing. The situation has to be right."
La Russa, a three-time World Series champion as a manager, was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee last month.
Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln told USA Today that interviews started this week with two internal candidates. He would not comment on La Russa.
NO DRIVING FOR PUIG
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has decided, for now, to give up driving after two incidents of reckless driving and speeding in eight months.
Dodgers president Stan Kasten said Puig told him Thursday he has hired a cousin to drive him around for the time being.
"I give him credit for taking that step if nothing else," Kasten said on ESPNLA 710.
Puig was clocked going 110 mph on Florida's Alligator Alley Dec. 28 while driving his 2013 Mercedes with his mother in the car. The posted speed limit is 70 mph. He was released by police several hours after his arrest.
"We have spoken to Yasiel and made it clear that we, as an organization, are very disappointed in his recent behavior," the Dodgers said in a statement at the time. "This is a very serious issue to us and we will continue to educate him and strive to further develop his growth off the field and as a member of this community."
The 23-year-old Puig, who finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting last season, also was charged in April with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was traveling 97 mph in a 50 mph zone while he was with the Dodgers' Class AA team.