Justin Verlander won the Cy Young Last Year for the Houston Astros with a 21-6 record, 2.58 ERA, and .80 WHIP.

He was hurt on July 24th of this year, the Astros first game of the season.  The initial prognosis was a forearm strain.  He was set to return at some point in October, but during he aggravated his injury during a simulated game.  It’s now been revealed Verlander will need Tommy John to repair his torn UCL.

The standard recovery time for Tommy John is 12-15 months for pitchers. Verlander is 37 years old, and won’t return to the mound until he’s 39 years old on Opening Day 2022.

There’s a decent chance he won’t return as a Houston Astro.  His contract lasts through 2021 with the club.

He may not return to Major League Baseball at all.  His career could very likely be over.