Astros RHP Verlander shut down with lat strain

Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander will be shut down and on a “no throw” regimen due to a “mild lat strain,” general manager James Click told reporters Monday.Verlander left his spring training outing early Sunday and underwent tests, including an MRI exam, on his right arm.”By and large, the news we got today was on the positive side,” Click said, adding a timetable for Verlander’s return and his availability for Opening Day would be discussed at a later date.Verlander, who had been expected to pitch four innings against the host New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., exited after two innings.Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday that Verlander was feeling much better and was glad he left the game when he did.