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Bartolo Colon has longest scoreless streak by a pitcher 42 years or older

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Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon now owns the longest single-season scoreless streak by a pitcher 42 years or older.

Colon came into tonight’s start with 25 consecutive scoreless innings between three starts and one relief appearance. He has tossed three scoreless innings against the Braves so far tonight, which brings his total to 28 straight. That moves him ahead of Hall of Famers Cy Young (1909) and Warren Spahn (1963). Some pretty nice company there.

Colon just delivered an RBI single, so it’s been quite a night for him so far.

UPDATE: Colon held the Braves scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, so his scoreless streak ended at 31 innings. That ties him for third-highest in Mets history. R.A. Dickey (32 2/3 innings in 2012) holds the franchise record.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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