Astros replace Justin Verlander at IL with calf injury

The Astros announced a series of roster moves today, most notably Justin VerlanderHe was placed on the list of infected people for 15 days. Verlander, who was retroactively placed in IL until August 29, left his last start due to a calf discomfort. In addition, a defensive player Jake Myers It was selected on Triple-A. To take the two points open lists, right Brandon Bellack And the first baseman/defense player JJ Matijewicz They were called.

Verlander, 39, only played six runs in 2020 and missed the entire 2021 campaign due to Tommy John’s surgery. He staged an off-season show and showed enough promise that the Astros were willing to give him a $25 million salary this year, despite the layoff. Until this calf problem emerged, Verlander was exceeding almost everyone’s expectations for a 39-year-old to return from such a long absence. With 152 runs over 24 starts, he currently practices 1.84 ERAs with a 26.5% strike rate, 4.5% walk rate and 38.6% ball rate.

His wonderful comeback season has to stop, at least for a while. No one seemed to expect a long absence, judging by word from members of the organization today. The team’s announcement stated that Verlander’s MRI showed “disturbance of the fascia, but no disruption of the muscle fibers,” as relayed by Chandler Roma of the Houston Chronicle on Twitter.

Astros general manager James Click spoke to the media to provide more context, and generally downplay the issue. (Twitter links from Rome.) “That was relatively good news, in my understanding,” Klick said. “Our hope and expectation is that this will be relatively short term.” Then Verlander himself spoke about the matter with Rome deportation some More quotes on Twitter. “Doctors said there was an injury, but when it comes to calf injuries, I feel like I kind of dodged a bullet here as there’s no muscle,” Verlander said. He then added that he was disappointed to have to go to IL, but gave a warning that “in the range of calf injuries, this is as good news as I would have gotten.” He also added that if his muscle fibers had been injured, he would have been out for weeks, missing the rest of the season and possibly some playoffs.

Altogether, everyone involved seems to feel that Verlander can come back quickly, which would be great for him and the team. In the short term, the Astros have no reason to panic, as their 82-47 record is the best in the MLS, 11 1/2 games over the Mariners in the Western Conference. They are also effectively guaranteed to earn one of the two stages during the first round of the playoffs, as they are four games ahead of the East-leading Yankees and 13 1/2 games ahead of the Central-Leading Guardians. Even without Verlander, the rotation should be in order, with Lance McCullers Jr., Framber Valdez, Luis Garcia, Jose Urquidi and Cristian Javier staying in place. In the long run, Stros is certainly hoping the issue will pass quickly enough for Verlander to return for post-season action. There are just over five weeks left on the regular season schedule.

Verlander’s return could also have an impact on the off-season, as he could return to free agency. By surpassing the 130 offered rounds this year, he earned a $25 million player option for 2023. Given that he just earned $25 million after two losing seasons, it stands to reason that he could surpass that number on the heels of his excellent campaign here in 2022. Based on On this logic, it seems likely that he will reject this option and return to the open market, especially if he can return healthy and shows no adverse effects of this calf problem. On the other hand, if the next few weeks do not go as smoothly as hoped and the injury continues, it could have a negative impact on his market this winter.

As for Myers, 26, he made his Houston debut last year, scoring .260/.323/.438 in 49 games. However, it hasn’t been able to move forward in 2022, cutting .209/.255/.302 for the year so far. Houston was rumored to be looking for centric upgrades on Deadline but didn’t pull the trigger on the deal. Based on these lax numbers, Myers will be sent to the mansion to try to get back on track. Mauricio Dupont and Chas McCormick appear to have been hit by the ticket due to working in turf without Myers, with Roma deportation word of click.

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