New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is already throwing just a day after the team was ready to send him for an MRI on his right elbow.
Matt Ehalt of Yahoo! Sports captured the Mets ace tossing the ball on Saturday.
Jacob deGrom throwing a baseball. pic.twitter.com/9G15mIvfCV
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Later on, the NL Cy Young recipient displayed confidence in his returning from the IR relatively soon.
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“I had been sick since Atlanta, kind of had a whole body soreness. For me when I don’t throw, it seems that things pop up. I wasn’t on a normal routine. I was trying to just get enough in to be able to make my starts and I just felt a little soreness in my elbow. I decided to say something. Talked it over with Mickey and Dave [Eiland] and we decided it’s early in the season, I’ve been sick. What’s the point in trying to push it? After getting some treatment yesterday and getting things moving around it started to feel a little elbow. So I decided to throw today and actually felt good with how it went.”
Surprisingly, the organization decided against following through with the MRI that was announced on Friday due to the idea deGrom’s elbow felt much better. Mickey Callaway revealed the interesting turn of event to reporters prior to his team’s 10-2 loss in St. Louis.
Chris Flexen was called up to start in deGrom’s place and proceded to relent five runs in 4.1 innings pitched.
DeGrom, 30, sports a 2-2 record and 3.68 ERA over four starts. Completely divided, his first two starts of the season served as gems in comparison to his last two outings that saw him get beat up significantly. The uncharacteristic performances coupled with his recent downturn in health had the entire city and organization on notice.
For now, it appears disaster has been avoided but the story is far from complete. Jacob deGrom will remain on the 10-day IR (retroactively) until sometime next week when he feels ready to pitch.