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Outside The Confines: Justin Verlander is out... or is he?

The pitcher contested reports that his recent injury was a season-ender.

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The first weekend of the season is behind us, with a handful of surprises in its wake. A Joey Votto renaissance? Ji-Man Choi suddenly becoming a switch hitter who can homer from both sides of the plate?

By the end of the weekend the Cubs were tied for first in the NL Central, which is precisely what we all wanted to see (along with the insane charm of Anthony Rizzo offering runners on first a little hand sanitizer).

Over in the American League, however, an unusual story popped up when news broke that two-time Cy Young winner Justin Verlander would be out for the remainder of the season with an unexpected injury, only for the story to be refuted mere minutes later by the man himself.

Time will tell as to whether Verlander will make it back before the end of the shortened season, but it’s clear he seems optimistic.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.