Houston Astros: Justin Verlander had to cut his start short; exits game

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander had to cut his start short today against the New York Mets but there’s no word yet on what’s the cause. What’s up?

The Houston Astros are 6-7 in Spring Training play so far and that record honestly doesn’t matter because it’s most important that this team knocks their rust off from the offseason and get focused on trying to nab a World Series championship for 2020.

They’ll also be battling the court of public opinion as they were implicated in a sign-stealing scandal that lasted through the 2017-18 seasons, of which one included the win of the franchise’s first-ever World Series title.

You’d almost think that would be too much to ask but these group of guys are resilient enough to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and try to win as many games as possible.  They didn’t even have to do what they did but they can save face by trying to strut their stuff each game by sticking it to the naysayers.

That’s honestly all that they can do, otherwise it will be a long season and they’ll be miserable from the negativity so they must keep their heads up and keep pushing toward reaching their goal.

One of the key components of a successful roster is the continued dominance of Justin Verlander.

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He’s the backbone to the Houston Astros’ pitching rotation and will fill out a rotation that will have Zack Greinke, Lance McCullers Jr. and likely Josh James and Framber Valdez to fill things out.  Those slots are up for grabs but we’ll see how things pan out.

But anyway, Verlander was tabbed to make a four-inning start today against the New York Mets but had to exit the game early with no word on the reason why.

He had been dealing with a groin injury that caused him to be scratched from his first Spring Training start a couple of weeks back but it’s quite possible that it has flared up once again.

MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart is reporting that Verlander will “get some testing done” and not be available to talk postgame plus Dusty Baker will give an update on his status.

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At the time of his exit, it was a 0-0 score.  He had accumulated one punch-out and allowed three hits through his 2.0 innings of work today.

Let’s hope for the best with J.V.’s recovery.