Chicago Cubs: Justin Verlander to undergo Tommy John surgery


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Justin Verlander had elbow problems (Troy Taormina - USA  Today Sports)
Justin Verlander had elbow problems (Troy Taormina - USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON, TX -- Astros RHP Justin Verlander will undergo surgery on his right elbow to repair the ulnar collateral ligament, General Manager James Click has announced. A date for the surgery has not been set yet.

Verlander, who has been on the Injured List since July 25, underwent an MRI after a simulated game on Wednesday, September 16. After consulting with medical personnel, it was determined that the imaging from this exam indicated the need for surgery.

Recovery time for the surgery is expected to be approximately 12-14 months. Verlander was limited to just one start in 2020, an 8-2 win over Seattle on Opening Day (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 7 SO) before being sidelined with a forearm strain.

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After consulting with several of the best doctors, it has become clear that I need Tommy John surgery. I was hopeful that I would be able to return to competition in 2020, however, during my simulated game unfortunately the injury worsened. Obviously I’m extremely disappointed, but I will not let this slow down my aspirations for my career. I will approach this rehab the only way I know, attack and don’t look back. I’m confident that with a proper rehabilitation program and my unwavering commitment that this surgery will ultimately lengthen my career as opposed to shorten it. I can’t thank my teammates, coaches, the front office and my fans enough for the support they have given me so far in this process. I’m eager to get through this recovery and back on the field to continue to do what I love.

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