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Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Age: 37College: Old DominionBats: RThrows: R

2020 Outlook

Draft Rank (ECR) P #5
Best / Worst #2 / #20
ADP #16




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Justin Verlander "feeling strong"

Justin Verlander has been rehabbing from his groin surgery, saying that his groin has felt strong while throwing. Additionally, his lat is almost fully healed, and he has been throwing long toss.

Fantasy Impact

This is great news for Velander owners. As the good news keeps coming, he will continue to rise back up draft boards. He certainly has the chance to get reinjured, given his multiple injuries and the peculiarity of this delayed season. Even still, Verlander is someone not to bet against.

Justin Verlander (groin) on schedule for recovery

Justin Verlander (groin) is on schedule for his recovery from groin surgery.

Fantasy Impact

Verlander underwent groin surgery in March and is expected to be out the next six weeks. He is recovering well and is on schedule to return before the season starts. Astros’ general manager James Click said “Verlander is ready to get back out there as soon as he possibly can.” The MLB season is currently on hold due to the coronavirus epidemic, but the 37-year-old should be ready to throw by then.

Brad Camara8 weeks ago
Justin Verlander to have groin surgery, will miss six weeks

Justin Verlander is slated to have surgery on his right groin today, and will miss approximately six weeks.

Fantasy Impact

With the season being suspended indefinitely, this six-week timeframe should have Verlander missing relatively little time, if any. Keep in mind that he still has a strained lat, but that should also heal in time for the start of the regular season.

Justin Verlander (lat) not expected to be ready by Opening Day

Justin Verlander (lat) said Monday “it would probably take a miracle” for him to be ready by Opening Day.

Fantasy Impact

Verlander exited Sunday’s start early with an injury which was later diagnosed as a mild lat strain. He is highly unlikely to be ready by Opening Day. Verlander potentially avoided a serious injury, but will be shut down for the time being. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor the situation as he is expected to miss at least the opener.

Brad Camara11 weeks ago
Justin Verlander diagnosed with mild lat strain

Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with a mild lat strain. He will be shut down for the immediate future and then reassessed.

Fantasy Impact

Overall, the diagnosis is positive, and Verlander hasn't even yet been ruled out for Opening Day. Still, the 37-year-old has now already battled a groin injury and a lat strain in the spring, which only heightens the injury risk for the veteran. There's no reason to avoid Verlander in fantasy yet, but dropping him behind Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler on your draft boards is prudent.

Dan Harris11 weeks ago
Justin Verlander


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