Astros Ace Verlander Doubtful for Opening Day

Brandon Scott
March 09, 2020 - 1:51 pm

Astros ace pitcher Justin Verlander is being shut down at spring training due to a "mild lat strain," general manager James Click told reporters Monday. 

Verlander said "it would probably take a miracle" for him to be back by Opening Day, the Houston Chronicle's Chandler Rome reported.

Verlander was pulled early from an exhibition Sunday, pitching just two innings when he was expected to go four innings. 

It was reported that Verlander suffered some sort of triceps injury and he immediately left the ballpark for testing.

Click said Monday that Verlander has a mild lat strain, which is the broadest muscle of the back

Verlander recently turned 37 years old and is the reigning American League Cy Young winner. He is expected to lead a pitching rotation which lost Gerrit Cole to the New York Yankees in free agency. 

The Astros host American League West rival Los Angeles Angels on Opening Day, March 26.