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Jacob deGrom leaves intrasquad game with back tightness

Mets ace Jacob deGrom left Tuesday’s intrasquad game after one inning due to back tightness, the team announced. The Mets had no further update to deGrom’s status.

Making his second appearance in an intrasquad game at Citi Field, deGrom was to pitch multiple innings in advance of his July 24 Opening Day start. But he lasted just one inning, and did not come out for a second. deGrom did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The two-time reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, deGrom went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA last season. Back tightness has been a recurring issue for him throughout his career, most recently in 2018 when it pushed back his season debut. He went on to win his first Cy Young that year.