April 17, 2024

Astros ace Justin Verlander set for rehab start Sunday

HOUSTON — Astros ace Justin Verlander is scheduled to make his first rehabilitation start Sunday at Triple-A Sugar Land.

The 41-year-old Verlander, who opened the season on the injured record with irritation in his proper shoulder, will throw a bullpen session Thursday in Houston earlier than making his start this weekend.

Manager Joe Espada mentioned Wednesday he expects this to be the primary of two minor league begins Verlander will make earlier than he comes off the injured record.

“Just based on what I’ve seen and out of his live BPs and how he’s talking about how he feels, I think two starts … Should be good enough,” Espada mentioned.

Espada mentioned the Astros need Verlander to throw 70-75 pitches Sunday and rise up to 85-90 within the following start.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner is in his second stint in Houston after rejoining the group in a commerce from the New York Mets in July.

He went 13-8 with a 3.22 ERA in 27 begins for the Mets and Astros final season.