Justin Verlander underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

The estimated recovery time for Verlander is about 12-14 months, which means the earliest he could return to pitch in the Major Leagues is the 2022 season.

The right-hander turns 38 in February. He carries a $33 million salary for 2021, then is eligible for free agency.

Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young winner, made just one start this season.