Astros ace tentatively set to make return from calf issue

Astros ace Justin Verlander departed his start on Aug. 29 due to a calf injury and he's been on the shelf since.

Given his age, the fact that he was coming off Tommy John surgery entering this season and where the Astros sit in the standings

Wednesday, manager Dusty Baker told reporters (Chandler Rome) that the tentative plan was for Verlander to return on Friday at home against the A's.

To reiterate, the plan is tentative, so if the schedule changes it isn't necessarily worrisome news.

More than anything, it seems like things are progressing toward a return within the next few days and that's great news for Houston.

Even if Verlander only goes a few innings in his return, that's perfectly acceptable.

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