Justin Verlander signed a two-year contract with the New York Mets that made him the highest-paid pitcher (by AAV) in MLB history, alongside new teammate Max Scherzer. However, he has yet to make a regular season start for the team.
He was placed on the disabled list with a major low-grade strain on opening day. There’s no timetable yet, but the injury verbiage suggests it won’t be a very long stint.
“Justin Verlander will be placed on the IL with a major low grade strain,” the Mets tweeted. “It will continue to run at moderate intensity and we will re-analyze in a week. We will provide an update at that time.”
He should be scanned tomorrow as it will mark a week since his initial diagnosis. The Mets and Verlander will then have a better idea of when he can return.
Verlander’s injury is classified as a low-grade strain, which is good news for the Mets and their valuable offseason acquisition. A low grade indicates less severity.
Severe strains of teres major can take up to three months to heal, but since they’re low-grade, that’s probably too pessimistic an outlook. Even in the worst-case scenario, it looks like Verlander will be back in a few months.
Tomorrow’s scan will show where he is and how much he’s recovered, so Mets fans are no doubt looking forward to it. the news.
As he only has a two-year contract, each missed month represents a significant part of his tenure with the Mets.