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General manager James Click announced Thursday that Verlander had the procedure a day earlier and estimated his recovery time at about 12-14 months. That means the earliest Verlander could pitch would be in the 2022 season and it might not be for the Astros. A right-hander who turns 38 in February, Verlander has a $33 million salary next year, then is eligible for free agency.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner made just one start this season, pitching six innings on July 24 in a win over Seattle on Opening Day before being placed on the injured list with a strained right forearm. He attempted a comeback after he was injured, but announced on Sept. 19 that he would need Tommy John surgery.
Verlander joined the Astros in a trade on Aug. 31, 2017, and his stellar performance helped them to their first World Series title that season. He is 43-15 with a 2.45 ERA and 640 strikeouts in 74 starts in Houston.
Verlander went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA last year, striking out a career-high