Mets Jul 13, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; A detailed view of a New York Mets hat and glove in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets made another strong pursuit in the off-season to try and secure their first World Series Championship since 1986. The team’s splashiest signing, however, is off to a terrible start, unfortunately.

Justin Verlander, the team’s prized acquisition this winter, won’t begin the season on the mound. Instead, he’s been assigned to the IL. The Mets announced that the multi-time Cy Young Award winner sustained a low-grade teres major strain.

“Justin Verlander will be placed on the IL with a low grade teres major strain. He will continue throwing at moderate intensity and we will rescan in a week. We will provide an update at that time,” the Mets announced on Twitter.

This is an incredibly auspicious and, yet, familiar feeling for the Mets and their fans. Injuries and the team have gone together over the years. It didn’t take long at all for that to surface again for the 2023 season either. The injury bug bit their biggest signing of the off-season. The Mets signed Verlander for a 2-year deal worth $86.6 million.

In his career, Verlander has won two World Series championships, three AL Cy Young Awards, and is a nine-time MLB All-Star selection. This is set to be his first season pitching in the National League.

The MLB world reacted to the terrible Mets news.

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