Five days after seemingly avoiding a serious injury scare to their star pitcher, the alarm is sounding once again for Jacob deGrom.
The Mets ace left Wednesday's start against the Cubs after throwing three perfect innings and 51 pitches. He exited his June 11 start against the Padres after striking out 10 batters on 80 pitches in six innings with right flexor tendinitis.
deGrom visited a doctor Thursday, who reportedly did not find any issues, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. New York sent the NL MVP favorite for a second opinion to be safe.
After the second MRI, Mets general manager Luis Rojas told the media that both doctors had the same prognosis.
"It [shoulder] shows as a normal shoulder that a pitcher would have," Rojas told the media. "There is no concern like we believed last night."
deGrom made some throws at CitiField on Thursday, which is part of his normal routine.
However, Rojas said the things with his star pitcher will be "day to day" and the Mets do not have plans to put him on IL.
"Today, we're not thinking of an IL stint and do anything," Rojas said. "We’re just going to do day by day. He’s going to play catch and see how he feels.”
deGrom struck out eight of the nine hitters he faced on Wednesday. He also hit an RBI single in his only plate appearance, giving him six RBIs on the season compared to just four earned runs allowed.
The Mets said the reason for deGrom's exit was right shoulder soreness, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. He was replaced by right-hander Sean Reid-Foley.
deGrom threw 11 pitches that clocked in at least 100 miles per hour on Wednesday, according to Statcast data. His last pitch of the night registered at 99.9 MPH.
On the season, deGrom has a 0.54 ERA in 67 innings, striking out 111 batters. He's 31-21 with a 1.91 ERA in 87 starts since the beginning of the 2018 season.
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