The decision comes days after Verlander announced that he would donate his weekly paycheck to organizations that are helping combat COVID-19. Each week, Verlander and his wife Kate Upton will pick a nonprofit organization and highlight its work.
Verlander, the American League Cy Young Award winner, is among a group of major leaguers getting $4,775 a day for 60 days, a total of $286,500.
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Verlander's salary this year is $33 million, which is $177,419 a day for the 186-day season.
Verlander isn't the only Astros player who's helping organizations during the pandemic. Alex Bregman announced the launch of FEEDHOU, which he hopes will raise $1 million to feed Houston residents with food insecurity during the coronavirus.
Astros Justin Verlander donating salary to help combat COVID-19
Alex Bregman launches $1 million food drive to feed Houston
Astros Foundation accepting spare PPE donations at Minute Maid park on April 8
Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers treat Houston Methodist nurses to lunch
Astros' Carlos Correa reminds fans to stay home during COVID-19 pandemic