Mets’ Jacob deGrom placed on family medical emergency list

Saturday April 16th, 2016

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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has been placed on MLB’s family medical emergency list due to an issue related to his newborn son, Anthony DiComo of reports.

DeGrom has been in Florida, away from the team since his wife, Stacey, gave birth earlier this week. He was not placed on paternity leave, and has been dealing with a sore right lat muscle. There had been speculation he could be placed on the disabled list, but Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters Saturday that deGrom would have pitched Tuesday had there been no issue with the child.

“There’s been some complications, and Jake needs to stay in Florida for a few days,” Collins told reporters. “I’ve spoken to him every day. He’s where you would expect him to be. He’s not been sleeping much, we’re rooting for him, Stacey and the baby to hang in there.”

On Sunday, Collins said that the child was doing better and that deGrom had resumed throwing in Florida.

MLB rules stipulate players must remain on the family medical emergency list for between three and seven days, during which teams can add another player to the 25-man roster to take their place. If an absence lasts longer than seven days, players must be placed on the restricted list.

DeGrom’s son, Jaxon, was born Tuesday.

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