Mets begin Opening Day on sour note, put new ace Justin Verlander on injured list

Opening Day is an unofficial holiday for all baseball fans, but it didn’t begin to be celebrated New York Mets.

Even before the team started the regular season, they put up Justin Verlander on the list of injured.

The team described the 40-year-old’s injury as a “major strain for the low-grade stands”, aka the armpit.

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Justin Verlander of the New York Mets pitches against the Miami Marlins at halftime at Roger Dean Stadium on March 4, 2023, in Jupiter, Florida.

Justin Verlander of the New York Mets pitches against the Miami Marlins at halftime at Roger Dean Stadium on March 4, 2023, in Jupiter, Florida. (Jacin Fenlove/Miami Marlins/Getty Images)

The Mets signed Verlander in the offseason to a two-year, $86 million deal after losing Jacob DeGrom to the Texas Rangers.

The right-hander missed some time on the injured list last year en route to his third Cy Young Award campaign, arguably the best of his career.

Mets pitcher Justin Verlander walks into his introductory press conference at Citi Field on December 20, 2022 in New York City.

Mets pitcher Justin Verlander walks into his introductory press conference at Citi Field on December 20, 2022 in New York City. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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With the world championship champion Houston AstrosVerlander led the majors with a 1.75 ERA, the lowest of his career. But what made it even more impressive was the fact that he missed the entire 2021 season after having Tommy John surgery the year before, making just one start before getting hurt.

Tylor Megill will take the future Hall of Famer’s spot in the rotation.

New York Mets pitcher Justin Verlander during spring training on February 17, 2023, in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

New York Mets pitcher Justin Verlander during spring training on February 17, 2023, in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Alejandra Villa Luarca/Newsday RM via Getty Images)

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The Mets kick off their season in Miami against the Marlins Thursday at 4:10 p.m., where they will take on two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. New York will oppose Sandy Alcantara, who won the award last year.

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