Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery, sidelining him until the 2022 season, the pitcher said Saturday.
“After consulting with several of the best doctors, it has become clear that I need Tommy John surgery,” Verlander said. “I was hopeful that I would be able to return to competition in 2020, however, during my simulated game unfortunately the injury worsened.
“Obviously I’m extremely disappointed, but I will not let this slow down my aspirations for my career. I will approach this rehab the only way I know, attack and don’t look back. I’m confident that with a proper rehabilitation program and my unwavering commitment that this surgery will ultimately lengthen my career as opposed to shorten it.”
Verlander, a two-time Cy Young award winner, is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in only one start/game this season, and is 226-129 with a 3.33 ERA over 16 major-league seasons.
“I can’t thank my teammates, coaches, the front office and my fans enough for the support they have given me so far in this process, Verlander said. “I’m eager to get through this recovery and back on the field to continue to do what I love.”
Verlander, 37, will be a free agent in the spring of 2022 — and will be 39 years old — when he comes back from Tommy John surgery.