Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander will miss the rest of the season because of an elbow injury. According to two people, with knowledge of the situation. Manager, Dusty Baker said Verlander was diagnosed with a forearm strain and will be shut down for a couple weeks, but declined to confirm or deny an initial report by the Chronicle that his top starting pitcher will be out. For the season. Verlander, who was not at Minute Maid Park for the Astros 7 6 loss to the Seattle Mariners posted on Twitter. The report that Im currently missing the rest of the season is not accurate.. There is a forearm strain Im hopeful that, with some rest, it will heal and Ill be able to return. Soon. Said Baker, Its a forearm strain and hes shut down for a couple weeks and well reevaluate. At that time, Baker, said. Thats. All I can tell you. Astros general manager, James Click declined comment.. Fifty seven games remain in the Astros 60 game pandemic shortened. Season. The Astros announced Sunday that Verlander will not throw a baseball for two weeks after which hell ostensibly be reevaluated. Starting pitchers shut down. For that long, especially those in the age range of Verlander 37 often require a prolonged throwing program to build back up and ensure no lingering discomfort exists., Whether theyre, even ready to throw after that shutdown period or whether theyd need further arm care.

Before picking up a baseball is an uncertainty.

. If Verlander does resume throwing after the two week, shutdown, it might not initially be off a mound.. The process is quite slow.. Forearm strain is often a teams descriptor for elbow related problems.. The two body parts share the same bone. The Astros described pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr.s injury in August 2018, as a forearm strain., He underwent reconstructive, Tommy John surgery on his elbow that November. Verlander underwent an MRI on Saturday Baker said., The pitchers initial pain occurred during his Season opening start against the Mariners on Friday.. According to Baker, Verlander told the team. His arm was a little tender.. Verlander threw six innings of two run: baseball totaling, just 73 pitches.. The low pitch count was not alarming. Given the teams truncated summer camp ramp, up., Though there have been exceptions, most starting pitchers across MLB have been operating on a reduced pitch count in the seasons. Early going.. He wanted to go. Some more Baker said Sunday.. He was throwing the ball well.. He came over and said: Hey man, my arm is a little tender. Thats. When we took him out., You see he was throwing the ball great.. It was kind of a shock to all of us.. Verlander underwent groin surgery in March.. He also suffered a lat injury in spring training which led to his aggravating the groin during his rehabilitation. The four month, shutdown afforded him time to get healthy and overhaul his mechanics.

. He made the changes to pitch eight to 10 more years.

He said an attempt to fulfill his long held goal to pitch until hes 45. Since becoming an Astro three Augusts ago, Verlander has authored a career renaissance.. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 American League Championship Series and finished runner up for the 2018 American League Cy Young Award.. He won the trophy last season, one in which he struck out 300 batters for the first time and threw his third career. No hitter. Its tough All Star third baseman Alex Bregman said. Hes, a Cy Young winner. Hes, a top of the rotation guy top of the rotation teammate hard worker. Were going to have to just battle.. Some guys are going to have to step up. Verlanders absence thins an already depleted, pitching staff. Veteran rotation options. Brad Peacock and Austin Pruitt are on the injured list, with no precise timetable to return.. Four of the teams. 10 relief pitchers had not appeared in a major league game before this season. Heralded trade deadline. Acquisition Zack Greinke gave the club just 53 pitches in Sundays loss. He tired in the fourth inning and could not finish the frame. He collected just 10 outs. Without Verlander Greinke emerges as the ace of Houstons staff.. Our team is really really good and especially the offense Greinke said. Im, pretty confident well be fine for that. Greinke, Lance McCullers, Jr. and Josh James will now comprise the top third of the rotation.

. No one man can fill the gaping void left by Verlander, but the Astros must attempt to find some reliability.

Prospects. Cristian Javier Brandon, Bailey and Enoli Paredes exist as starting options already in the bullpen. Veteran minor leaguer, Brandon Bielak and top pitching prospect. Forrest Whitley are, at the teams, alternate training site in Corpus, Christi.