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Tigers' Verlander says he has thrown off mound

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Tigers' Verlander says he has thrown off mound
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, left, and model Kate Upton watch the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Orlando Magic and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander says he threw about 20 pitches off a mound on Monday.

Verlander spoke with reporters Tuesday and said he didn't have any pain in his groin and hip. The right-hander had surgery on Jan. 9.

The 30-year-old Verlander says he hurt his groin doing squats, and that he also had what was believed to be a pre-existing abdominal problem.

Verlander says he would like to pitch in five spring training games, if possible, but there is also a plan for if he is unable to do that.

Verlander went 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA last year for the AL Central champions.

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