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    Justin Verlander denies report of season-ending injury

    By Amber Lee
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    Houston experienced a scare on Sunday when reports indicated starting pitcher Justin Verlander suffered a season-ending elbow injury. Justin Verlander squashed those rumors after Sunday’s loss. However, the reigning Cy Young Award winner will still be missing time with a forearm strain.

     

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    Verlander, who took the mound for the Houston Astros on Opening Day, told the team that he experienced tenderness in his arm during Friday’s start. Despite the discomfort, the 37-year-old remainder on the mound.

    Houston came out of the game with a win after pitching six innings with seven strikeouts and just four baserunners allowed. After throwing 73 pitches on Friday, though, the discomfort in his arm didn’t go away.

     

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    Verlander underwent an MRI over the weekend and was evaluated by Houston’s medical staff. He’s expected to be placed on the 10-day injured list early next week and will undergo further evaluation in a few weeks.

    Losing Verlander for any significant length of time would be a devastating blow for the Astros. Zack Greinke couldn’t make it through four innings during Sunday’s loss and Lance McCullers Jr. is in his first year back from Tommy John Surgery.

    Meanwhile, pitcher José Urquidy just resumed baseball activities after missing spring training 2.0 with an undisclosed issued.