|Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.|
Justin Verlander, one of the Mets aces who they signed as a free agent in the offseason, has missed the first month of the season due to a right teres major strain.
Verlander will be taking a big step to making his Mets debut as he will take the mound his first rehab start on Friday.
“Justin‘s pitching in Binghamton, game starts at 1 o’clock,” Mets Manager Buck Showalter said in opening his pregame press conference on Thursday.
Verlander will be pitching for the Mets Double-A affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, against the Akron Rubber Ducks, who are a Cleveland affiliate.
Showalter announced on Tuesday that Verlander would pitch on Friday, but the affiliate he would pitch with was still to be determined.
On why the Mets chose Binghamton, Showalter said, “Well, weather-wise had a lot to do with it; trying to get ahead of the weather. In fact, pretty sure there was a change in the start time because of the weather problem. With we had that luxury, but, yeah, just kind of fit weather-wise and making sure he got it in, and proximity. Binghamton isn’t that far; Binghamton’s nice this time of year.”