Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander pitched in just one game this season, making a start on July 24. The Cy Young-winning starter has been out since with an injury. Unfortunately, it looks like Verlander will be out for a while longer.
Verlander announced on Instagram that he needs Tommy John surgery.
This is devastating news for the 37-year-old starting pitcher, though Verlander is trying to keep a positive mindset.
"After consulting with several of the best doctors, it has become clear that I need 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. Obviously I’m extremely disappointed, but I will not let this slow down my aspirations for my career. I will approach this rehab the only way I know, attack and don’t look back. I’m confident that with a proper rehabilitation program and my unwavering commitment that this surgery will ultimately lengthen my career as opposed to shorten it," Verlander announced on Instagram.
"I can’t thank my teammates, coaches, the front office and my fans enough for the support they have given me so far in this process. I’m eager to get through this recovery and back on the field to continue to do what I love."
Tommy John surgery is among the most-significant procedures a pitcher can have. Typically, it's at least a year-long recovery process.
Hopefully Verlander can beat the odds and return sooner.
The Astros, meanwhile, are 25-26, seven games back of Oakland in the American League West Division.