Astros' pitcher to undergo Tommy John Surgery

HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander is set to undergo Tommy John surgery, he said in an Instagram post Saturday.

Verlander hasn't pitched since his season debut July 24. He said in a video that he "felt something in my elbow" during a simulated game this week.

"I believe everything happens for a reason," Verlander said in the video. "And although 2020 has sucked, hopefully when this rehab process is said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career."

The 37-year-old Verlander won his second American League Cy Young Award in 2019 after leading the league with 21 wins against only six losses. He also made the most starts (34), pitched the most innings (223) and had the lowest WHIP (0.803).

His 2020 season ends with a 1-0 record, a 3.00 ERA and seven strikeouts in the one start.
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