Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
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The Mets desperately need their ace to be healthy and on the mound. 

The New York Mets sent a shockwave through the baseball landscape on Tuesday evening when they scratched reigning Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom from his scheduled start in St. Louis.

Mother Nature did the Mets a favor and the game on Tuesday was rained out. But that doesn’t change the reality that Mets fans are still concerned that the best pitcher in baseball isn’t 100 percent.

After Tuesday’s game was officially postponed, the Mets announced that an MRI revealed inflammation in deGrom’s right lat.

Manager Luis Rojas told the media that the team did not intend to put deGrom on the Injured List, however. Rojas said he is optimistic his ace can pitch against Arizona at Citi Field this weekend.

The plan, according to Rojas, is for deGrom to not throw for a couple days and see how he feels.

Jordan Yamamoto is being called up to potentially start the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader in St. Louis.

Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast.