HOUSTON - Houston Astros' Justin Verlander underwent a surgical procedure on his right groin Tuesday, Astros General Manager James Click announced.
The right-handed pitcher is expected to be out for approximately six weeks.
Verlander’s first start in Spring Training was delayed until March 3 due to discomfort in his right groin.
He ended up making two starts this Spring, posting a 3.86 ERA in 4.2 innings of work with four strikeouts.
“Initially, the hope was that physical therapy would be the proper course of action,” Click said. “However, after a recent setback in his rehab, the medical staff recommended that a surgical procedure was necessary. The early prognosis is that Justin will be out for about six weeks.”
The news comes just a day after the MLB announced it would push back Opening Day with no determined start date as of yet.