Astros Ace Justin Verlander Could Return on Friday

According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Astros ace pitcher Justin Verlander could return to the starting rotation as soon as Friday.

Verlander has been sidelined since August 28 due to a fascial disruption in his right calf. While manager Dusty Baker would not confirm the righty’s return, all reports on Verlander’s progress have been positive, with the veteran throwing multiple sessions without issue.

Speaking last week on his recovery, the two-time Cy Young Award winner said, “I think things have gone about as good as anybody could have hoped for to this point. It feels good to be able to get off the slope a little bit and to test that. It felt good.”

After missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, Verlander has been one of baseball’s best stories, compiling an MLB-leading 1.84 ERA across 152.0 innings pitched (24 starts), firmly establishing himself as one of the leading contenders in the AL Cy Young race.

FanDuel Sportsbook has yet to update their AL Cy Young odds at the time of writing.