Well, it appears that Astros top starter Justin Verlander is going to be out for a while. Possibly the entire season as indicated by Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Astros ace and reigning American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander is out for the remainder of the season with an elbow injury, two people with knowledge of the situation tell the Chronicle - https://t.co/oqbLvn4mLi— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) July 26, 2020
However, as noted by manager Dusty Baker in his postgame comments, Verlander may only be out for a “couple of weeks” with a forearm strain. But with the 2020 season already shortened to 60 games, it could very well turn into the entire season.
Dusty Baker on Verlander injury: “It’s a forearm strain. He’s shut down for a couple of weeks and we’ll reevaluate at that time. That’s all I can tell you.”— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) July 26, 2020
This development, in any case, is rather ominous, though.
Details to be added as they arrive. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Verlander speaks, or tweets in this instance, about his forearm strain. The hope is for healing and Verlander returns in a couple weeks time.
The report that I’m currently missing the rest of the season is not accurate. There is a forearm strain... I’m hopeful that with some rest it will heal and I’ll be able to return soon. Thank you for all the well wishes.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) July 26, 2020