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Mets Place Jacob DeGrom On Injured List Due To Soreness In Throwing Arm

April 19, 2019 - 7:19 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Mets are incredibly reliant on Jacob deGrom, and now the team will be without its ace for at least a little while.

On Friday, the Mets announced that they had placed deGrom on the injured list due to soreness in his throwing arm. Earlier in the afternoon, Mets manager Mickey Callaway had said that deGrom’s elbow was “barking” after playing catch, and that the reigning NL Cy Young winner would travel back to New York for an MRI.

DeGrom had been scheduled to pitch Saturday's game against the Cardinals in St. Louis, but that won't happen now. 

His last start came during a 7-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. It wasn’t a great outing by deGrom’s lofty standards. The 30-year-old went five innings and gave up three earned runs and two home runs. In his start prior to that, he was even worse. On that occasion, deGrom gave up six runs in four innings against the Minnesota Twins. 

DeGrom is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA and 36 strikeouts so far this season. 

Last year, deGrom started 32 games and finished his incredible campaign with a 1.70 ERA, 260 strikeouts and a 10-9 record. He signed a new five-year contract worth $137.5 million back in March.

WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported that the Mets "are expected to wait and see the results of deGrom's exam before making a move." He added that the team could look at Gio Gonzalez or Dallas Keuchel as possible options if deGrom is indeed ruled out for an extended period of time. 

The MRI could show that deGrom is fine, but it’s always a worry when a pitcher’s throwing arm causes him trouble, especially when it’s deGrom, so the Mets' caution here makes sense. He is one of the few players in Major League Baseball who is truly irreplaceable. 

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