New York Mets righthander Jacob deGrom could leave Friday’s start against the Philadelphia Phillies to attend his son’s birth, reports the New York Daily News’ Kristie Ackert.
According to the report, manager Terry Collins will turn to righthander Logan Verrett should deGrom need to leave in the middle of the game.
deGrom’s wife was due Tuesday, and according to reports, the hurler has kept his phone with Mets trainers during games in case she went into labor. He announced in March that he would attend the birth of his son, despite his team’s schedule.
“I have absolutely no issue with it,” Collins said in March. “I think he should be there, absolutely he needs to be there. We can easily work around it. I had no issue when Daniel [Murphy] went on the paternity list. He needed to be there and we were just fine.”
deGrom, 27, went 14–8 with a 2.54 ERA in 2015 for the National League champions.
The Mets host the Phillies in their home opener on Friday at 1:10 p.m. ET.