Verlander (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Verlander spent most of the season rehabbing after making just one start early in the year. He felt something in his elbow during a throwing session in late September that required Tommy John surgery. The recovery timeline is anticipated to be 12-to-14 months, so the 37-year-old should miss the entire 2021 season. He'll become a free agent in 2022, and Verlander has expressed hope that he'll be able to continue his career after he recovers.
Verlander (forearm) announced Saturday that he'll require Tommy John surgery, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Verlander was making progress in his recovery, but he said that he "felt something in his elbow" during his simulated game Wednesday. As a result, he'll miss significant time. The 37-year-old should miss the entire 2021 season as he carries a recovery timeline of 12-tl-14 months, but he hopes to continue his career when he's healthy, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Verlander (forearm) may throw a simulated game Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Manager Dusty Baker indicated the veteran right-hander is tentatively scheduled for the simulated game, but he also said he has yet to verify those plans with the athletic trainer. Verlander threw 75 pitches during his last workout Wednesday, 24 of which came against hitters. Assuming he throws Monday, the 37-year-old could return to the rotation for the final series of the regular season next weekend, though he likely wouldn't be tasked with a full starter's workload.
Verlander (forearm) threw 75 pitches in his workout Wednesday at Minute Maid Field, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. The right-hander didn't toss a full simulated game, as McTaggart notes that only 24 of his pitches came against hitters. That said, it marks another step forward in the recovery process for Verlander, who previously built up to 55-to-60 pitches in a bullpen session. The Astros will presumably reassess Verlander in the next day or two before deciding if he's ready to return from the 10-day injured list, or if he'll need one more simulated outing before being activated. If Verlander is cleared to make his 2020 debut during the final week of the regular season, he likely wouldn't be asked to handle a normal starter's workload in the outing.
Verlander (forearm) will throw a simulated game Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Verlander is slated to throw 3-to-4 innings against live hitters at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. If all goes well, he should be nearing his return to game action. The right-hander is expected to serve as a starter once he returns to the Astros' pitching staff, but it's unclear how many pitches he'll be able to throw if he pitches again during the regular season.