Justin Verlander

#35 SP / Houston Astros / EXP: 15YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 225 lb Age: 37 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Verlander said Thursday that he's doing "very well" in his recovery from groin surgery and a right lat strain, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. "Particularly this week, I've made a big stride forward," Verlander noted, regarding his progression through a throwing program. Verlander appears to be more concerned about the health of his lat rather than his groin at this juncture, as he noted that he's not quite throwing long toss at 100 percent as a safeguard against re-injuring his lat. The fact that he's pleased with where he stands in his recovery at this stage can at least be taken as a positive sign, and the 37-year-old looks like he'll be on track to make regular starts for Houston whenever the MLB season resumes.

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    • Verlander (groin) has begun to throw, Manny Randhawa of MLB.com reports. This was Verlander's first baseball activity since undergoing right groin surgery March 17. He first felt groin discomfort early in training camp and later left a spring training start March 3 due to a strained back muscle. "He was having a little trouble on and off, and it kind of messes with your head in spring training when you feel great one day and the next day you don't and the next day you feel back," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "So this has actually probably been a blessing in disguise for him." The 37-year-old right-hander and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner could be ready when baseball resumes following the coronavirus pandemic.

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    • Verlander (groin) is on schedule in his recovery from groin surgery, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Reporters had a conference call Friday with Astros general manager James Click. who relayed Verlander's recovering well and is "ready to get back out there as soon as he possibly can." Verlander underwent right groin surgery March 17 and was given a six-week recovery estimate. Under that schedule, Verlander could be ready to pitch by the time MLB resumes normal operations following the coronavirus pandemic.

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    • Verlander (lat) underwent surgery on his right groin Tuesday and will be out for six weeks, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Verlander left a spring training game in early March with what was originally called right triceps soreness and was later referred to as a mild lat strain. He had also battled what seemed to be a minor groin issue early in camp, but it's now that issue which is seemingly the larger concern. Verlander will still have to build his arm strength back up following his six-week shutdown, a period which will end in late April. With the start to the season uncertaintain due to the coronavirus pandemic, whether or not he winds up missing any time remains to be seen.

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    • Verlander (lat) said Monday that it would "probably take a miracle" for him to be ready to return by Opening Day, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Verlander was pulled from his start Sunday against the Mets with an injury which was originally referred to as right triceps soreness but is now being called a mild lat strain. He's been shut down from throwing for an undetermined period, though both he and the Astros have expressed some optimism that he avoided a particularly serious injury. Verlander has only thrown 4.2 innings this spring, so he'll need to complete his spring buildup once he's cleared to throw again.

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    YearTeamAPPGSINNWLSKBBIHAERAWHIP
    2019 HOU 34 34 223.0 21 6 0 300 42 137 2.58 0.80
    2018 HOU 34 34 214.0 16 9 0 290 37 156 2.52 0.90
    TOTAL 453 453 2,982.0 225 129 0 3,006 850 2,535 3.32 1.13

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