Justin Verlander injury update: Mets place star pitcher on IL hours before season opener with muscle strain

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New York Mets right-hander and offseason free-agent addition Justin Verlander will be put on the hurt list with a stretched teres significant muscle, the club revealed on Thursday.

Here’s the statement:

The Mets do not currently understand for how long Verlander will be sidelined or the number of starts he’ll miss out on. That the injury is categorized as low-grade is motivating, and a schedule will likely emerge after the re-scan. Verlander had actually been slated to begin versus the Marlins on Saturday. Fellow ace Max Scherzer begins for the Mets on Opening Day versus Miami. 

The Mets signed Verlander this previous offseason to a two-year, $86.67 million agreement to, in essence, change outbound ace Jacob deGrom, who signed with the Rangers. Verlander last season with the world-champion Astros won his 3rd profession Cy Young award. Going into his age-40 season, Verlander is simply 6 wins shy of 250 for his profession. 

The loss of Verlander is a blow for the Mets in the difficult NL East. Thanks to owner Steve Cohen’s heavy financial investments in payroll, there’s pressure on the club to ward off the Braves and Phillies in the department and make a deep face October. Verlander is a crucial part of those aspirations. The Mets were currently down one essential member of the rotation, as José Quintana went through rib surgical treatment throughout the spring.

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