WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander elected not to throw his scheduled bullpen session and No. 2 starter Zack Greinke isn’t even in camp yet, adding to an unusual start to spring training for the team.
Verlander’s name appeared on Houston’s daily schedule as a thrower, but a team spokesman said Verlander threw a 60-pitch bullpen on Tuesday before camp opened and requested “a little extra time before he threw again.”
Greinke isn’t expected to arrive in camp until Feb. 22 — opening day of the Astros’ Grapefruit League schedule. His absence is not a surprise to the club.
Astros manager Dusty Baker said Greinke is 100% healthy.
“He’s working out and is in contact with our training staff and (pitching coach) Brent Strom,” Baker said. “We’re not worried about him. This guy is a guy who works and so when he comes to camp we expect him to fall back in place with everybody else.”
Verlander and Greinke have three Cy Young Awards between them, with Verlander claiming the award last season.
This will be Greinke’s first spring training with the Astros. He posted an 8-1 record with a 3.02 ERA after a mid-season trade from Arizona to Houston.
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