Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander says he threw about 20 pitches off a mound on Monday. Verlander said Tuesday he did not have any pain in his groin and hip. TGhe righthander had surgery on January 9th. The 30-year old 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. He had a 13-12 record last season.