The return of Justin Verlander (40, New York Mets) is imminent.
ESPN of the United States reported on the 29th (Korean time), “Verlander has started rehabilitation in the minor league Double-A.”
According to ESPN, 안전놀이터Verlander pitched 4⅔ innings as a member of the Binghamton Rumble Forces under the Mets. He allowed two hits but pitched scoreless, striking out six with no walks. The total number of pitches was 69.
Verlander, who threw 43 pitches in live pitching, is accelerating his comeback by increasing his pitch count in his rehab appearances. If there is no problem with his physical condition, he is expected to make a comeback against the Detroit Tigers from the 3rd to the 5th of next month in one of three consecutive away matches.
Verlander, who appeared in 28 games wearing a Houston Astros uniform last year, recorded 18 wins and 4 losses and an average ERA of 1.75, winning his third Cy Young Award. After the season, he signed a two-year, $86.7 million contract with the Mets and took on a new challenge. However, on the 31st of last month, he was placed on the injured list due to inflammation of the right major muscle, and he has not yet made his Mets debut as he was not on the opening roster.
Verlander’s comeback is a thousand forces for the Mets. The Mets currently have starters Jose Quintana (left rib) and Carlos Carrasco (right elbow) out with injuries, and Max Scherzer is serving a 10-game suspension for a foreign object caught while pitching. In the midst of this, as Verlander’s return is imminent, the Mets can finally breathe.