Mets Ace Jacob deGrom Placed on IL, Will Undergo MRI on Elbow

Arnold Nichols
April 22, 2019

The Mets righty threw in the outfield at Busch Stadium on Saturday, just a day after he landed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Tuesday).

He was supposed to start today's game, but the team shut him down on Friday and planned to send him back to NY on Monday for an MRI.

"It goes back to the throwing thing I feel better when I throw", deGrom said when asked why he isn't shutting it down until Monday, according to Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports.

Met manager Mickey Callaway said deGrom will be examined by the team medical staff on Monday and they will decide if an MRI is needed.

"He's in a good frame of mind right now", Callaway said following the game Friday.

The initial plan was for deGrom to go back to NY early for further evaluation. "So made a decision to throw and felt good with how it went".

DeGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young Award victor, was roughed up badly in each of his past two starts to see his ERA soar to 3.68. DeGrom was scratched from his Saturday start against the Cardinals. "I had been sick since Atlanta, kind of had a whole body soreness". He is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA this season. "I think the move we made was (done so for) no other (reason) than the earliest he'd be able to pitch is probably Wednesday, and then we have (an) off day, so we figured it'd end up being Friday".

DeGrom posted a 1.70 ERA in 32 starts last season.

Such news about an ace would be alarming for any team, but especially so for the Mets, who are built around their starting pitching and rewarded deGrom with a five-year contract extension worth $137.5 million last month.

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