SUNDAY: The Mets think deGrom could miss multiple starts, Terry Collins told reporters (including ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin) today.
FRIDAY, 6:17pm: The club is officially labeling the issue forearm soreness, as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo tweets. deGrom underwent an MRI, which did not reveal any problems, but is nevertheless expected to miss at least one start.
5:38pm: Mets righty Jacob deGrom has been diagnosed with elbow inflammation, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (Twitter links). Otherwise, though, an examination was said to have revealed no structural concerns for the key Mets starter.
Manager Terry Collins declined to say earlier today whether deGrom would make his next start, as Mike Puma of the New York Post reports (Twitter links). The skipper raised eyebrows yet further when he acknowledged there was some concern about the star hurler.
New York had already attempted to give deGrom a rest by skipping a start after he posted two straight rough outings. The hope was that he could get track thereafter and help the team push for a Wild Card spot over the next thirty days. Instead, deGrom labored through his start last night and was spotted calling for the trainer as he departed, leading to questions whether he was experiencing something more than general wear and tear.
Velocity questions arose this spring, but deGrom had steadily been adding speed to his offerings until a recent dip. Somewhat worryingly, perhaps, that change has come along with some modifications to his horizontal and vertical release points.
As things stand, it seems that deGrom won’t miss any kind of extended stretch, though any missed action at all would constitute a big blow to the Mets. While deGrom hasn’t been quite as excellent as he was in 2014 and 2015, he has still been plenty effective. Over 148 frames on the year, he owns a 3.04 ERA with 8.7 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9.
If he is able to qualify for Super Two status — which isn’t yet clear given his borderline service time tally (2.139 years) — deGrom will receive a huge raise and set himself up for three more years of big earnings. If he falls shy of the cutoff, he’ll have to settle for waiting another year, which will substantially reduce his overall cost to the team over the next four seasons.