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35 Justin Verlander SP

Houston Astros

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Player Updates

October 3, 2020 12:52 AM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Undergoes surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 19, 2020 02:04 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Requires Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 18, 2020 06:12 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: May throw sim game Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 16, 2020 02:08 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Builds up to 75 pitches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 15, 2020 06:12 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Sim game set for Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 12, 2020 10:28 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Throwing again Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander (forearm) will throw again Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Verlander was shut down with a strained forearm after making just a single start this season. He's been able to throw for nearly a month, however, and he's expected to face hitters during his next session if Saturday goes smoothly. Time is getting tight for him to pitch again before the end of the regular season, however, and he'll likely make no more than one fairly brief appearance if he returns at all.

September 11, 2020 12:32 AM
Astros' Justin Verlander: End-of-month timeline
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The best-case scenario is for Verlander (forearm) to return at the end of the month, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

While that return timeline would be useful for the Astros in the postseason, it does nothing for those who are rostering him in fantasy leagues. The season ends Sept. 27, so the best-case scenario for fantasy would be Verlander starting a game in that final weekend series in Texas.

September 9, 2020 07:12 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Tossing bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander (forearm) is throwing 50-to-55 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

The veteran right-hander remains without an official timeline for his return, but the fact he's already throwing 50-plus pitches off the mound is an encouraging sign for his recovery. Verlander likely will need to face live batters before being cleared to rejoin the active roster, but it appears he'll be able to return to the club within the next couple weeks.

September 6, 2020 04:28 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Throwing off mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astros GM James Click said during a pregame interview Sunday that Verlander (forearm) has progressed to throwing off a mound, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

When Verlander hit the IL with a forearm strain in late July, he adamantly denied reports that his season was definitely over. Now that he's back throwing off a mound, a return this season seems well within reach. He does not have much time left to contribute during the regular season, but the Astros could expedite his return and have him build up on the job after he faces live hitters once or twice.

August 31, 2020 06:48 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Not yet ready for mound work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander (forearm) continues to throw but has yet to throw off a mound, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Verlander is making progress in his efforts to return from a forearm strain before the end of the season, though time is getting tight given that he's still yet to advance to mound work. Even if he's ready to return before the end of the regular season, it's quite likely he'll be on a limited workload.

August 28, 2020 03:08 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Could return this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Dusty Baker said Friday that Verlander (forearm) "is a little further away than we would like, but he's closer to reality than it appeared like when he first went down," Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It doesn't sound like his return is imminent, which is not surprising as his most recent progression was throwing 20 pitches, but Baker sounds more optimistic that he could get his ace back before the end of the season.

August 24, 2020 05:48 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Throws 20 pitches Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander (forearm) threw 20 pitches Sunday and felt good afterward, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Verlander continues to work his way back from a right forearm strain, and his throwing sessions have all gone well to date. The right-hander still needs to build up his workload before he'll be in consideration for a return to the Astros' starting rotation, but he's been exhibiting positive signs in his recovery so far.

August 19, 2020 12:04 AM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Feels good after playing catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander (forearm) played catch Tuesday and felt good afterward, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

Verlander has now made an important first step in proving the initial reports that he would miss the entire season with a forearm strain incorrect. He still has a long way to go before returning to game action, but it remains a possibility that he'll be able to do so before the end of the year if he continues progressing without setbacks.

August 12, 2020 04:56 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Hopes to throw next week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander (forearm) hopes to resume throwing next week, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Verlander landed on the injured list with a strained right forearm after making just one start this season, though he denied initial reports that he was done for the year. That could of course still wind up being the case, as it won't become clear whether or not he has a shot to return until after the Astros see how his arm responds to renewed activity.

August 11, 2020 12:16 AM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Hasn't resumed throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager James Click said Monday that Verlander (forearm) still hasn't resumed throwing, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

Verlander isn't progressing as quickly as he'd like to while he deals with a forearm strain, and the team is still waiting on the inflammation in his forearm to subside before it builds him back up. While the 37-year-old expressed optimism about his status when the injury first surfaced, whether he'll be ready to take the mound at some point in 2020 remains to be seen.

August 8, 2020 01:48 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Not progressing quickly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander (forearm) isn't progressing as quickly as he'd like to, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

Verlander was shut down with a forearm strain after making just one start this season, though he denied initial reports that he'd been ruled out for the year. This latest report doesn't seem to indicate a setback, as it only relates Verlander's recovery to his own aspirations. Manager Dusty Baker added, "He wanted to pitch yesterday." At the very least, it indicates that Verlander isn't making a miraculous recovery, and his chances of playing again this season remain up in the air.

July 26, 2020 07:48 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander (forearm) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

The move isn't surprising after manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Verlander would be shut down for a couple weeks with a right forearm strain. The 36-year-old's availability for later in the season could become more clear once he's re-evaluated after his period of rest, but Verlander confirmed that there's a possibility for him to return at some point in 2020.

July 26, 2020 07:00 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Confirms potential for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander (forearm) said on his personal Twitter page Sunday that he hopes to return in 2020.

Verlander disputed a report that said that he would miss the 2020 season and said that he'll rest in hopes of returning this season. "I'm hopeful that with some rest it will heal and I'll be able to return soon," Verlander said. While the 37-year-old faces a tight deadline for a potential return due to the shortened season, his update indicates that he could return at some point.

July 27, 2020 01:40 AM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Shut down with forearm strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander will be shut down for a couple of weeks with a right forearm strain, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

It was reported that Verlander should miss the entire season with a significant elbow injury, but manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that the right-hander underwent an MRI on Saturday and will be shut down for a couple of weeks before he's re-evaluated. Verlander's arm was reportedly tender during his start Friday, which prompted further evaluation. Baker's comments would suggest that there's a slight possibility that the 37-year-old could return this season, but it'd likely be difficult for him to recover fully during the shortened 2020 season.

July 26, 2020 05:32 PM
Astros' Justin Verlander: Significant elbow injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verlander will miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The exact details of the injury are not clear at the moment, but it looks like his season is over.

Last 7 Games
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020HOU103.001100006.03222017
2019HOU2162.5834342100223.0137666436642300
2018HOU1692.5234341100214.0156636028837290
2017HOU1583.3633330000206.0170807727472219
2016DET1693.0434342000227.7171817730857254
2015DET583.3820201100133.3113565013332113
2014DET15124.540320000206.022311410418565159
2013DET13123.470340000218.3212948419475217
2012DET1782.650336100238.3192817019560239
2011DET2452.400344200251.0174736724357250
2010DET1893.370334000224.3190898414671219
2009DET1993.450353100240.0219999220663269
2008DET11174.840331000201.0195119108181487163
2007DET1863.670321100201.71818882201967183
2006DET1793.630301100186.0187787521660124
2005DET027.3002000011.315991157
Total2261293.330454269002988.0253811921105310988513013
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020HOU0732.3000000.1500.667216.00
2019HOU01502110.7000004.1720.8038477.47
2018HOU01052370.4000325.2000.9028338.45
2017HOU41482360.6000105.2211.17584910.75
2016DET11542590.6000306.2071.0029039.33
2015DET1991750.6000202.2291.0875359.99
2014DET11882530.70134015.2751.39889312.80
2013DET11772400.70214313.2531.31692512.01
2012DET22312291.00164112.2171.0589569.71
2011DET02172680.80105227.1920.9209698.39
2010DET02062330.902473211.2281.16592510.72
2009DET51722520.70916348.2431.17598210.80
2008DET81822390.8089236.2541.40388013.25
2007DET31862300.80412217.2331.23386611.94
2006DET11962021.0015815.2661.32877612.24
2005DET015111.4010001.3131.8025417.03
Total27243332780.7013673331987.2281.1341221410.50
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2005AA-Erie 32.2770200327110.280.559
2005A-Lakeland 86.01313292010419701.671.035
2015AAA-Toledo Mud Hens 8.1220000122103.331.482
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-5/225
Birthdate:
02/20/1983
Age:
37
Hometown:
Manakin-Sabot, VA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Houston Astros
College:

MLB Experience:
7
Awards:

2006: AL Rookie of the Year
2009: AL Strike Out Leader
2011: AL Most Valuable Player;AL Cy Young;AL ERA Leader;AL Strike Out Leader
2012: AL Strike Out Leader
2016: AL Strike Out Leader
2017: AL LCS MVP
2018: AL Strike Out Leader
2019: AL Cy Young