Jacob deGrom
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The New York Mets are playing it safe with Jacob deGrom. They are sending their ace for an MRI after experiencing issues with his elbow.

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is heading for an MRI on his elbow, but it’s not time to panic yet Mets fans. Manager Mickey Callaway didn’t sound too concerned, but the Mets are taking precautions nonetheless.

“DeGrom is going to be pushed back tomorrow, he’s not gonna pitch,” Callaway said per Danny Abriano of SNY. “He’s been under the weather, his elbow is a little barky. We’re gonna get him back to New York. Get him checked out, have an MRI, and go from there at this point.”

The reigning NL Cy Young was originally supposed to start Friday, but strep throat pushed his start back to Saturday. However, after experiencing something in his elbow, the Mets decided to scratch deGrom and send him to New York to get looked at.

“He played catch yesterday, he came in on the off-day — he played a little catch and started feeling it a little bit,” Callaway said. “We’re not sure exactly what it is, so we’re gonna get it checked out.”

Jason Vargas, who is struggling to maintain his spot in the rotation, will pitch in deGrom’s place Friday night, but it’s still unclear who the Mets plan to pitch on Saturday.

Obviously, no team wants to see their star undergo an MRI, but Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets “do not have a high level of concern” at this point.

The Mets are off to a solid start in 2019, but making sure their starting rotation stays healthy is crucial to the team’s long-term success.

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