It’s Opening Day, yet the baseball gods always find a way to annoy New York Mets fans.
On Thursday, before the team took the field to face the Miami Marlins, the Mets’ official Twitter account announced that Justin Verlander would begin the season on the injured list with a low-grade teres major strain.
The silver lining is that he will continue to throw “at a moderate intensity” and will be reevaluated in a week.
Justin Verlander will be put on IL with a low grade Terrace major strain. He will continue to throw at a moderate intensity and we will check again in a week. We’ll provide an update at that time.
— New York Mets (@Mets) March 30, 2023
The Mets went out and signed Verlander when it became clear that their own ace, Jacob deGrom, was signing a longer commitment than he felt comfortable with the team.
DeGrom is viewed as a major injury risk through 2021, after dealing with a myriad of ailments.
The Mets probably thought Verlander was less of a health risk.
They may be right, as he’s fresh off a 175-inning season in which he won the Cy-Young, while deGrom only averaged 64.1 frames last year.
However, Verlander remains the 40-year-old pitcher coming out of rehab for major elbow surgery in 2020-21.
He said that Verlander would be more durable than deGrom. https://t.co/vO5FGWSF9K
— Dan Solo (@DanThe___Man) March 30, 2023
In the end, he signed a two-year, $86 million deal that seemed logical to the Mets.
He may be less of an injury risk than deGrom, but he is still a risk.
Reports claim that the injury is minor, and it certainly looks like it.
Otherwise, the pitcher would not be throwing.
Fans are still disappointed and it’s completely understandable.
first randall hurt now verlander smh ? pic.twitter.com/pbxvInGzzK
— Frankie Acevedo ? (@ace292325) March 30, 2023
— loumontana (@loumontana) March 30, 2023
I was offline for 10 minutes and during that time Justin Verlander discovered a new armpit muscle and injured it as well.
– Lucy Smarch Madness (@scratchbomb) March 30, 2023
Hopefully, Verlander can make a speedy recovery and be the Mets pitcher, and fans want him to be.
As long as his arm is in a good place physically, there should be no problem.
Mets Reveal Unfortunate Justin Verlander Update On Opening Day