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The Justin Verlander Back and Forth Continues

UPDATE: 2:00pm 7/27/20 — Verlander was placed on the 10-Day IL

Karmic justice after participating in a World Series cheating scandal?
Dusty Baker ruining pitchers already?
Is there a Kate Upton curse?
Just bad luck?
Overuse?

The Justin Verlander injury situation has produced some great theories. While most are funny an injury to a player never really is. Let alone a player of his caliber.

The original report from Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle said that Astros defending Cy Young winner was done for the year. Rome would later grab comment from Astros manager Dusty Baker that would refute the report:

While the report ended up falling through, forearm tightness usually points to “Tommy John” surgery in the future. Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish and Mariners hurler Taijuan Walker — and countless others — have echoed the same complaints ahead of their eventual surgeries. 

Dusty Baker did clarify that Verlander has already taken precaution since his start last Friday:

The Houston Astros came into the short season with a target on their back after cheating scandals dated back to the 2017 postseason. The team was going to need all hands on deck to make up for the loss of their former ace Gerrit Cole, so Verlander’s absence will do nothing to help the cause. 

Verlander hasn’t been able to escape the cloud of hate of opposing fan bases (rightfully so), but his injury was never warranted. All contenders looking to capture the American League crown should want the Houston Astros at their best. For that, baseball should be rooting for a sudden recovery for Justin Verlander these next few weeks.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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