Opening Day is an unofficial holiday for all baseball fans, but it didn’t start out as a celebration for the New York Mets.
Before the team began the regular season, Justin Verlander was placed on the disabled list.
The team called the 40-year-old’s injury a «low-grade major thirds» strain, also known as the armpit.
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The Mets signed Verlander in the offseason to a two-year, $86 million deal after losing Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers.
«It feels like shit,» Verlander said of missing Opening Day. «Not the way I wanted my tenure with the Mets to start, that’s for sure.»
Verlander said he felt «a little bit of something» after a bullpen session Wednesday and received an MRI on Thursday.
General manager Billy Eppler said Verlander will keep pitching, and no one seems too concerned.
«In my mind, let’s be prudent here, let’s be smart and get it looked at,» he said. «So that’s what I did.»
The right-hander missed time on the disabled list last year en route to an arguably the best third Cy Young season of his career.
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With the World Series champion Houston Astros, Verlander led the majors with a 1.75 ERA, by far the lowest of his career. But what made it even more impressive was the fact that he missed the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery the year before, where he made just one start before injuring himself.
Tylor Megill will take the future Hall of Famer’s place in the rotation.
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The Mets begin their season in Miami against the Marlins on Thursday at 4:10 p.m., where two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer will take the hit. New York will be opposed by Sandy Alcantara, who won the award last year.