Way back in the spring of 2017, when we neither knew nor cared about video cameras and trashcans, the Astros had an unproven pitcher named Brad Peacock. Brad had come to the Houston organization from Oakland in the first Jed Lowrie trade with Chris Carter and Max Stassi. (Oh the Golden Era of Astros baseball). He then pitched mostly in the minors, when he wasn’t injured, and did have some small unsuccessful shots in the biggies. He pitched pretty well in a 30 inning trial in 2016, but it would be truthful to say that he was a candidate to be DFA’d in the spring of 2017. Then something wondrous happened (at least wondrous for Brad) and Collin McHugh went down with an injury and Peacock was a beneficiary of an open spot in the Astros’ pitching staff.
So, Peacock broke camp with the team and two critical things happened. Collin McHugh did not come back until the end of the season and Peacock pitched like a son of a gun. He started off kicking butt out of the bullpen and then made a dramatic one-hit spot start that put him into the injured Charlie Morton‘s spot in the rotation and was the impetus for a 13-2 3.00 ERA bolt of lightning out of blue skies season.
The point is that someone will have the opportunity to benefit from the exposure an early-season Justin Verlander injury will afford them.