MLB: Astros ace Justin Verlander (calf) exits vs. Orioles

Houston Astros ace right-hander Justin Verlander departed Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles after three innings due to right calf discomfort.

According to Astros manager Dusty Baker, Verlander will have a CT scan Monday. The injury occurred when he ran to cover first base in the third inning.

Verlander gave up no runs, three hits and one walk. He struck out six before leaving after 60 pitches.

Right-hander Seth Martinez replaced Verlander in the fourth inning. The Astros went on to win 3-1.

Verlander, 39, is a leading American League Cy Young Award candidate and leads the AL in wins (16), is tied for the lead in WHIP (0.86) and leads the major leagues in ERA (1.84).

Verlander won the Cy Young in 2011 with the Detroit Tigers and 2019 with the Astros. He also was AL MVP in 2011. Verlander made just one start over the previous two seasons after an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.

–Field Level Media

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