Justin Verlander’s injury comeback has been cut short — in serious fashion.
The Astros ace needs Tommy John surgery, he revealed Saturday in an Instagram video. The 37-year-old pitched only in the Astros’ season opener this year, but was working his way back from a forearm strain in hopes of pitching in the postseason until the injury got worse.
“In my simulated game [Wednesday], I felt something in my elbow,” Verlander said. “After looking at the MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option. Obviously this is not good news. However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m going to be optimistic, I’m going to put my head down and work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully come out the other side better for it.”
Tommy John rehabs typically take 12-18 months, meaning Verlander could be in danger of missing all of next season. If he is not able to return until 2022, he would be doing so at the age of 39. His contract with the Astros runs through 2021, making him a free agent in 2022.
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