Astros pitcher Justin Verlander needs Tommy John surgery

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander needs to undergo Tommy John surgery. He had a setback during his rehab on Wednesday, Sept. 16th.

Verlander said the injury got worse during a simulated game when he got hurt this week. Following the setback, he decided it was the best option moving forward to have Tommy John surgery.

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander reacts in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series
Justin Verlander reacts in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series (Getty Images)

“I was hopeful that I would be able to return to competition in 2020,” wrote Verlander on Instagram, “however, during my simulated game, unfortunately the injury worsened. Obviously, I’m extremely disappointed, but I will not let this slow down my aspirations for my career. I will approach this rehab the only way I know, attack and don’t look back.”

“I’m confident that with a proper rehabilitation program and my unwavering commitment that this surgery will ultimately lengthen my career as opposed to shorten it,” Verlander continued. “I can’t thank my teammates, coaches, the front office and my fans enough for the support they have given me so far in this process. I’m eager to get through this recovery and back on the field to continue to do what I love.”

As a result, he will miss the rest of this season. And it’s unlikely he will pitch during the 2021 season.

Verlander, who will be 38 in February, will be 39 when he will be healthy once again. However, when he’s back healthy, there’s no guarantee that he’ll pitch in Major League Baseball.

He does not have a contract for the 2022 season. Verlander is slated to make $33 million in the final year of his contract next season.

The veteran pitcher just made one start during this shortened 60-game season. His lone start came on July 24th against the Seattle Mariners.

Verlander went six innings. He allowed two runs (two earned runs) on three hits, while also giving up two home runs. He struck out seven batters and walked one.

In three-plus seasons, Verlander is 43-15 with the Astros. In 12-plus seasons with the Detroit Tigers, he went 183-114.

The right-handed pitcher has gone 226-129 in the Major League. He has made 454 starts, including 26 complete games and 9 shutouts.

Verlander has allowed 1,192 runs (1,105 earned runs) on 1,192 hits, including 310 home runs. He has 3,013 strikeouts and 851 walks.

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