Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his major league career.
The Tigers said Thursday the 32-year-old righthander won't be on the active roster for Monday's opener against the Twins because of tightness in his right triceps.
He was scratched from his Thursday start and no timetable has been announced for when he will pitch again.
"I think they used the word strain," Verlander said. "It felt like just a little cramp but, obviously, with it taking a little longer to heal, it's probably a little bit more than that — just take it day by day."
Verlander has been throwing lightly in an attempt to work out the tightness.
"I don't think this is going to be a long-term issue," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "After throwing yesterday, he said he felt as good or better today."
Benson is back
The Braves optioned righthanded pitcher Brandon Cunniff to Triple-A Gwinnett and added outfielder Joe Benson to the list of nonroster invitees with two days remaining in spring training.
The 27-year-old Benson signed with the Braves as a minor league free agent in January. He is hitting .250 with one homer — off Philadelphia's Cole Hamels on Wednesday — and two RBI in nine spring training games in his surprising bid for a bench spot. He opened spring training with the Braves' minor leaguers.
Benson hit .239 in 21 games for the Twins in 2011.
Lagares strikes it rich
The Mets and Juan Lagares finalized a five-year contract worth $23,553,696.
Lagares retains his $528,696 salary in the major leagues this season under a one-year deal agreed to March 6, which also includes a $25,000 bonus for winning a Gold Glove last year.
The new deal adds salaries of $2.5 million in 2016, $4.5 million in 2017, $6.5 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019. The Mets have a $9.5 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout.
•Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was suspended 80 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.
•Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp will have surgery on his right elbow and could miss up to two months.
•Yankees backup shortstop Brendan Ryan will be out into at least May because of a strained right calf.
•The Reds will put starter Homer Bailey on the 15-day disabled list. He is recovering from forearm surgery.
•The Cubs don't have to stop construction on a Wrigley Field video board that will block game views of adjacent rooftop clubs in the urban neighborhood, a federal judge ruled.