The New York Mets have placed Justin Verlander on the injured list with a low-grade muscle strain near his pitching shoulder.

The injury is to Verlander's teres major and he will continue to throw at "moderate intensity" with a reevaluation scheduled for next week.

The injury popped up following a bullpen session Wednesday after Verlander's velocity fell in his final spring training start. 

"This isn't best-case scenario," Verlander said. "But I would think this is probably second-best case. Very minimal."