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When will Justin Verlander return to the Mets rotation?

We’ve got the latest updates for Justin Verlander and when he’ll return in 2023.

Justin Verlander #35 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Roger Dean Stadium on March 4, 2023 in Jupiter, Florida. Photo by Jasen Vinlove/Miami Marlins/Getty Images

April 17 update — Verlander has begun throwing bullpens, and manager Buck Showalter makes it sound as though a rehab assignment won’t be more than a week or so away as the MVP starts facing live hitters.

He should be back before the end of the month.

April 10 update — Verlander seems very confident that he’ll be back sooner rather than later:

April 5 update — Verlander underwent a follow-up MRI on Wednesday that revealed reduced inflammation in the teres major muscle of his shoulder.

There’s still no timetable for Verlander’s return to game action — although given the time he’d need to build his arm back up, certainly weeks — but it’s a step in the right direction.

March 30 update The New York Mets have announced that starting pitcher Justin Verlander is starting the 2023 season on the injured list. He has a low strain in the teres major, which is a muscle in the shoulder region near the joint that helps to produce arm movement. Verlander previously said he didn’t like how he was pitching this spring, and this injury could be why.

Verlander signed a three-year deal with New York in the offseason. The veteran pitcher was coming off winning the 2022 AL Cy Young Award with the Houston Astros. It was the fifth time in his career that he won the award. He projected to be the second starter in the Mets rotation behind Max Scherzer and ahead of international star Kodai Senga. The initial expectation is that Verlander will be able to continue throwing and may be able to miss only a few scheduled starts to begin the year.

With the way spring training shaped up, Verlander was projected to make his Mets debut on Saturday against the Miami Marlins. New York has yet to name a replacement and if they will shift around the starts for Senga or Carlos Carrasco.