Thanks to the dreaded forearm tightness diagnosis, New York Mets struggling starter Jacob deGrom will miss his next scheduled start.
After making his most recent start on eight days rest last night against the Miami Marlins, the New York Mets announced that Jacob deGrom will miss at least his next scheduled start due to forearm soreness.
DeGrom was examined today, results were "good" in that no structural damage. Inflammation, though, and will likely miss a start.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) September 2, 2016
It doesn’t seem to be anything serious as deGrom’s MRI did not reveal any structural damage and the team is not putting him on the 15-day DL.
Even though deGrom has had a solid season overall this year, it has been a struggle for deGrom in his past few starts. He’s lost each of his last three starts while not lasting longer than five innings and allowing at least three earned runs in all of those starts.
It has definitely been a struggle for deGrom lately, and maybe his sore forearm could be a reason why he has not been his dominant self these past few weeks. After his night was over, deGrom was found going down into the clubhouse with trainer Ray Ramirez. So, clearly, deGrom did not feel 100 percent during his Thursday night start in which he allowed three earned runs, six hits, and four walks in five innings pitched in a 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.
This minor setback probably could not have come at a worse time for this Mets team who is currently still in the hunt for an NL Wildcard Spot. Even though this injury doesn’t seem to be anything significant and could have possibly been worse, the truth is the Mets really need deGrom these final few weeks of the regular season and possibly into the playoffs.
deGrom has made a number of big starts when the team really needed him the most so losing deGrom, just for at least one time around the rotation really hurts during this time of year. The Mets currently sit two games back for the second wildcard spot with 27 games remaining and if this team wants to get back to the playoffs, they may need somebody like Rafael Montero, Gabriel Ynoa, or somebody else to possibly step up and make at least one start in deGrom’s place.
This is a shame for deGrom because he has been having such a good season until just recently and was possibly the healthiest pitcher in the Mets rotation this season. With Matt Harvey getting season ending surgery, Zack Wheeler experiencing setbacks in his rehab assignment this year, Noah Syndergaard pitching through bone spurs, and Steven Matz having recent shoulder issues, deGrom has probably been the most reliable Mets starter up to this point this season.
In 24 starts this season, deGrom is 7-8 with a 3.04 ERA and 143 strikeouts and right now, it is unknown when the next time we see deGrom on the mound will be.