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Mets’ Justin Verlander makes rehab start with Double-A Binghamton

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  • Kyle Evans 

Justin Verlander is inching closer to his debut with the New York Mets.

The right-hander, working his way back from a low-grade teres major strain, made a rehab start with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies Friday afternoon, the Double-A affiliate of the Mets.

Verlander tossed 69 pitches, 52 of which were for strikes, over 4 2/3 shutout innings. He gave up four hits, issued one walk, and struck out six while his fastball touched 95 mph.

If he bounces back from this outing without issues, the veteran could join the Mets’ starting rotation sometime next week.