‘Frustrated’ Jacob deGrom goes on IL in major Mets concern
18th July 2021

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PITTSBURGH — Jacob deGrom won’t be throwing within the next few days, which left the Mets with little choice Sunday than to place him on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 15, with right forearm tightness. The team didn’t immediately announce a corresponding roster move.

“I’m frustrated,” deGrom said. “I don’t know what else to say.”

It’s the second IL stint of the season for deGrom, who said he felt the tightness before leaving for the All-Star break but believed the discomfort would subside. He attempted to throw a bullpen session at PNC Park upon his return from the break – in anticipation of starting Sunday – but ended the workout quickly when the tightness persisted.

DeGrom, who leads the major leagues with a 1.08 ERA, last pitched on July 7.

The right-hander has sustained various ailments this season that have forced him to skip or miss starts, but said he believes none of them are connected and says the previous injuries all occurred swinging the bat. The list of previous ailments include lat and side discomfort, flexor tendonitis and shoulder discomfort. DeGrom has undergone MRI exams throughout that have failed to show any structural damage.

DeGrom said he alerted pitching coach Jeremy Hefner before and during the All-Star break about the tightness, but thought he would feel better upon returning.

DeGrom joins a cast of Mets starting pitchers on the IL that includes Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco, David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi. Already stretched thin, the Mets will have to fill starting rotation openings on Monday and Tuesday in Cincinnati. Jerad Eickhoff is a candidate to start one of those games.

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