July 26, 2021

Why losing Justin Verlander marks beginning of the end of Astros’ sad legacy (ESPN)

It’s a miracle the ligaments in Justin Verlander‘s right elbow lasted this long. He has thrown 48,822 pitches in the Major League Baseball regular season, another 3,109 high-intensity pitches in the postseason, numerous more deliveries in spring training and bullpen sessions and then all the ones in high school, college and his brief stint in the minors. Many of those, of course, were among the hardest in the game. Nolan Ryan hit 100 mph with regularity back in his prime, but when Verlander arrived in the majors in 2006 throwing 100 mph, he ushered in a new high-octane era of triple-digit radar readings.

When Verlander went down after his first start of 2020 for the Houston Astros, the immediate speculation was that he might need Tommy John surgery. He initially denied those reports and was attempting to pitch in the postseason, but he announced Saturday that he will undergo Tommy John surgery. “I was hopeful that I would be able to return to competition in 2020, however, during my simulated game unfortunately the injury worsened,” he wrote on Instagram.

Given the typical 12-to-14-month rehabilitation period, that means Verlander is likely out for the 2021 season as well…

Read “Why losing Justin Verlander marks beginning of the end of Astros’ sad legacy” at ESPN