The Houston Astros have surged to the No. 1 seed in the American League over the last month and the pitching efforts of ace Justin Verlander have been a big reason why. That's what makes his latest injury update a crushing blow as he was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right calf issue.
Justin Verlander Injury Update
The Astros will be without Verlander for at least two turns through the rotation, if not longer. The MRI on his calf reportedly showed "fascial disruption, but no muscle fiber disruption." General manager Jame Click told reporters that "our hope and expectation is that this should be relatively short-term."
Verlander suffered the injury while covering first base against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. He completed three scoreless innings (60 pitches) before being replaced. Manager Dusty Baker was glad it didn't have to do with his arm considering he missed all of 2021 with Tommy John surgery.
As an AL Cy Young candidate, Verlander has been nothing short of dominant in 2022. The 39-year-old leads all starting pitchers in ERA (1.84), wins (16) and WHIP (0.855). Not only that, but he has been hot when it matters the most. Prior to Sunday, Verlander was 8-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last 10 starts.
Brandon Bielak was recalled from Triple-A to take Verlander's spot on the roster and right-hander Hunter Brown was also added to the team's taxi squad. The recent return of Lance McCullers Jr. looms even larger now as it allows Houston to still roll with a five-man rotation down the stretch.
The Astros have odds set at +380 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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