Earlier: The biggest news out of Major League Baseball this afternoon is not the result of any game. It's that Justin Verlander will miss the rest of the season.
Verlander, the Houston Astros ace and 2019 Cy Young winner, won't pitch again in 2020,
Astros ace and reigning American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander is out for the remainder of the season with an elbow injury, two people with knowledge of the situation tell the Chronicle - https://t.co/oqbLvn4mLi
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) July 26, 2020
" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. The 37-year-old right-hander suffered an elbow injury.
In his lone start of the year, Verlander pitched six innings of three-hit, two-run ball with seven strikeouts to beat the Seattle Mariners on Opening Day. Arguably the most durable pitcher of this generation, Verlander has only made less than 30 starts in a season once since joining the Detroit Tigers rotation full-time in 2006.
As soon as the news broke about Justin Verlander's year being over, reaction from around the baseball world was instantaneous.
Considering how many innings Justin Verlander has on his resume--the most of any active pitcher--it may have been only a matter of time before he broke down in some fashion.
Still, this is a stunning development, and a potentially catastrophic one for the Astros. Houston already lost Gerrit Cole in free agency and now won't have Verlander to depend on.
Not surprisingly, the Astros' World Series odds have already taken a hit.
Houston still has Zack Greinke and just got Lance McCullers back from Tommy John rehab. Still, not having Verlander leaves a massive hole.
We'll see how new Astros manager Dusty Baker chooses to adjust.
Update: Verlander has come out and said Rome's initial report is inaccurate.
"The report that I’m currently missing the rest of the season is not accurate," he tweeted. "There is a forearm strain... I’m hopeful that with some rest it will heal and I’ll be able to return soon. Thank you for all the well wishes."
Now we wait to see how long that forearm strain actually keeps Justin Verlander sidelined.