Verlander scratched from Thursday start with groin tightness




  • In Sports/Baseball
  • 2020-02-27 00:16:00Z
  • By BY CHUCK KING (Associated Press)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander's spring training debut will be postponed at least a few more days while the Houston Astros ace deals with tightness in his groin.

Verlander had been scheduled to start Thursday against Washington. Instead, he will throw a simulated game at the Astros' complex prior to that exhibition.

Houston manager Dusty Baker said the tightness first appeared ''a couple of days ago.''

''He said he's doing good, so we'll just have to keep an eye on him and analyze him,'' Baker said.

Baker added that he isn't worried about the injury lingering and expects that, if all goes as planned on Thursday, Verlander would make his next scheduled start, likely early next week.

''I would think so,'' Baker said. ''It just depends on how he feels.''

Verlander won his second Cy Young Award last season by going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA. His 225 career wins are the most among active players.

The change of plans thwarts what would have been a marquee Grapefruit League pitching matchup.

Washington is still planning to send Max Scherzer to the mound on Thursday. Scherzer tossed two scoreless innings at Houston in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.

Right-hander Christian Javier is now expected to get Thursday's start for Houston against Scherzer.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

COMMENTS

More Related News

David Ortiz lauds Juan Soto
David Ortiz lauds Juan Soto's rare confidence, says Nationals star was seven years ahead of him

Safe to say, David Ortiz is a huge fan of Nationals star Juan Soto.

Eloy Jimenez willing to play baseball in empty stadiums:
Eloy Jimenez willing to play baseball in empty stadiums: 'I just want to play'

The White Sox slugger is skeptical about playing the regular season in empty stadiums, but he's willing to do it if necessary.

Mickey Callaway reaches out to Angels pitchers from the Florida Panhandle
Mickey Callaway reaches out to Angels pitchers from the Florida Panhandle

New Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway wants his charges to act as if they're about to begin spring camp so they'll be ready when baseball resumes.

AP sources: MLB, union discuss playing all games in Arizona
AP sources: MLB, union discuss playing all games in Arizona

Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players' association. Ideas are still in the early stage, and the Arizona option would have many obstacles to overcome, the people said. Arizona's advantage is 10 spring training ballparks plus the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field all within about 50 miles.

Florida couple relives nightmare on coronavirus-infected Costa Luminosa cruise ship
Florida couple relives nightmare on coronavirus-infected Costa Luminosa cruise ship

After being stuck on a coronavirus-infected ship and enduring a harrowing journey home, an elderly couple feels like "prisoners" in their home.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Baseball