Jacob deGrom leaves game after hyperextending his elbow
deGrom could be out for five weeks, depending on how the MRI goes
As the calendar turned to May, many wondered how the Mets would perform after a very interesting April. From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows, the team has been through a lot lately. Another obstacle has been added to the growing list of issues for the Mets. It comes in the form of one of their most reliable pitchers, Jacob deGrom.
During Wednesday’s outing against the Braves, deGrom left the game after four innings. It was odd to see Paul Sewald enter the game so early, considering that deGrom was cruising, allowing only two hits and striking out six. It wasn’t until he went to bat that things turned dark fast. The 29-year old hyperextended his right elbow on a swing. He pitched a scoreless fourth before being taken out by manager Mickey Callaway.
It appeared that deGrom informed Callaway his arm was hurting and he wasn’t going to swing anymore. The skipper still let him pitch, but made what would have been the right call earlier an inning later. deGrom is currently undergoing an MRI.
For Mets fans, this is not a good sign for a team that relies on deGrom to win games. With questions surrounding the rotation for years, deGrom has been the one guy you would be able to rely on. This is especially true when you look at his 1.87 ERA at the time of his injury. Callaway spoke to the media, stating his cause for concern over the setback.
“I’m sure I won’t sleep very good. He’s a big part of our team. But when all is said and done, whatever happens, we can sit here and worry about it and cry about it or whatever, but that’s not going to do us any good. Somebody’s going to have to step up if we get some bad news.”
This is not the first time deGrom has had injury issues. He did have Tommy John Surgery in 2010, and he had surgery in 2016 to reposition a nerve in that same arm.
From past history, an injury like this can be healed in about a month. If the MRI indicates he needs to miss more than two starts, the Mets do have options. Corey Oswalt, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman come to mind. Matt Harvey, who was sent to the bullpen after lackluster starts, could return sooner than expected.
If deGrom is able to come back without missing an extended period of time, it is up to the Mets to hold down the fort until he returns. At this point, it seems like it is easier said than done.
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