The Houston Astros will be without one of their aces for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Justin Verlander suffered an elbow injury and according to the Houston Chronicle, will miss the remainder of the season because of that injury. Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters that Verlander suffered a forearm strain and will be shut down for a few weeks which is likely the best case scenario.
The 37-year-old pitched in the season opener on Friday against the Seattle Mariners going six innings and giving up two earned runs and three hits while striking out seven in Houston’s 8-2 victory. According to reports, Verlander never showed any concerns about a potential injury following his start.
With Verlander sidelined, the Astros should now be in panic mode. While they have the lineup to contend, the pitching should be a concern. Houston does have Lance McCullers and Zack Greinke but Joshua James and Framber Valdez have limited experience and may not be able to step up to try and fill a void that they really can’t fill because of Verlander’s status across baseball.