Justin Verlander is returning to his old home

Justin Verlander #35 of the New York Mets looks on before a game against the Miami Marlins on Opening Day at LoanDepo Park on March 30, 2023 in Miami, Florida.
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After spending parts of 13 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets ace Justin Verlander is about to make his season debut at what he called home for more than a decade: Comerica Park.

The Mets are going to play in Detroit on Thursday afternoon, and Verlander will be on the mound.

The reason his Mets debut was delayed until Thursday was a low-grade teres major strain in his right shoulder.

He was diagnosed right around Opening Day and missed nearly five weeks.

His return to the rotation is a welcome sight for Mets fans, as the unit has been ravaged by injuries and suspensions.

Verlander is already 40, but he won the AL Cy Young last season and continues to be a star.

In 2022 he finished the year with a 1.75 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 175 frames.

The people in Detroit will certainly appreciate him standing by for all the contributions he made to the franchise from the mid-2000s until 2017, when he was traded to the Houston Astros.

As a Tiger, Verlander earned a top-notch 3.49 ERA, the Rookie of the Year Award, the MVP, and the Cy Young Award.

He’ll be a Hall of Famer five years after he hangs up his cleats, and when that happens, he’ll certainly go with a Tigers cap.

Thursday’s start will certainly be special for him, as a result of all the time he’s spent in Detroit and the things he’s accomplished.

The Mets are hoping he has a good season and can give him at least five innings of solid work.

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