Astros' Justin Verlander shut down with lat strain

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander has been shut down after being diagnosed with a "mild lat strain."

What It Means:

Verlander was sent for an MRI on Monday after being lifted from Sunday's Grapefruit League game because of what was described as right triceps soreness. It's unclear how long Verlander will be shut down, creating uncertainty about his status for Opening Day. The 37-year-old right-hander recorded a 2.58 ERA and 0.80 WHIP with 300 strikeouts and 42 walks over 223 innings last season. He finished with a 21-6 record in 34 starts.

numberFire's models currently project Verlander to record a 3.41 ERA with 255 strikeouts and 47 walks while going 18-7 this season.