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Astros’ Justin Verlander: Not Impossible to Be Ready for MLB Opening Day Amid Injury

Andrew PetersFebruary 22, 2024

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After a shoulder injury put him behind schedule in spring training, Houston Astros beginning pitcher Justin Verlander thinks he might be all set to choose Opening Day, though it will be difficult.

“Verlander tossed for the 3rd time down here on Wednesday after a shoulder obstacle last month, and while he felt and look great, he confesses to being behind schedule,” the New York City Post’s Jon Heyman composed. “Opening Day remains in danger once again. ‘Not difficult,’ he stated, ‘however it’s going to be tight.'”

Verlander made 11 looks for the Astros last season after a midseason trade from the New York Mets, publishing a 3.31 ERA and notching 63 strikeouts in 68 innings.

While Verlander had a good year in between his time with the Mets and the Astros, his numbers were below 2022, when he published a league-best 1.75 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 28 starts to assist lead Houston to a World Series and win his 3rd Cy Young Award.

Verlander published a 2.95 ERA in 2015’s playoffs, though the Astros was up to the eventual-champion Texas Rangers in the ALCS.

Now, the 41-year-old is seeking to get healthy ahead of Opening Day and have a repeat of his 2022 season.

The pitching fantastic has currently had a storied profession, however he’s searching for another World Series with the Astros this year.

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