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Astros GM James Click says Justin Verlander (elbow) is aiming to pitch out of relief in September or October.
Athletes tend to be overly optimistic when it comes to their own injury timelines, and this would be a remarkable achievement if the 38-year-old is able to pull it off. Verlander underwent Tommy John surgery in September and is currently rehabbing. A return to start the 2022 season is more likely.
Justin Verlander underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.
As scheduled. Verlander is going to miss the entire 2021 campaign. He'll be 39 by the time the 2022 season starts. He made just one start this year.
Justin Verlander (forearm) will require Tommy John surgery.
Verlander “felt something” in his elbow during a simulated game on Wednesday and will need Tommy John surgery. He is expected to miss most of the 2021 campaign. Verlander will finish 2020 with a (1-0) record, 3.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and seven strikeouts over six innings.
Justin Verlander (forearm) threw about 75 pitches in a sim game on Wednesday.
Some of Verlander's final pitches were throwing in the bullpen, so not all 75 went to live batters. Still, it's another step in the right direction for Verlander, who could return as early as next week at this point. The former Cy Young award winner is trying to make 1-2 starts before the playoffs.
Justin Verlander (forearm) is expected to throw 3-4 innings in a simulated game on Wednesday.
Verlander has made just one start this season but is trying to come back for one or two appearances in the regular season. Obviously, he would then be available for the Astros' postseason run. The team has said Verlander will be brought back as a starter.