Mets fans holding their breath since Jacob deGrom left Sunday’s start with right side tightness can exhale: his injury is not considered overly serious.
While the injury is not viewed as serious, deGrom will be placed on the 10-day IL.
Said the Mets on Monday in a press release:
Results from the MRI taken on RHP Jacob deGrom last night were clean of any issues. However, the Mets intend to place deGrom on the Injured List tomorrow, retroactive to May 10, with right side tightness and will announce a corresponding move at that time.
DeGrom, who left Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks at Citi FIeld before the top of the sixth inning after experiencing discomfort while throwing his warmup pitches, will be eligible to return after missing just one start.
The Mets are off on May 20, which would be when deGrom is first eligible to return, meaning his potential first start back could be May 21 against the Marlins at Citi Field.
Because of off days this Monday and Thursday, the Mets will need only four starters during their next turn through the rotation.
The back issue for deGrom came after he missed his last start due to a lat injury — something manager Luis Rojas said was different than the back issue.
DeGrom has been nearly untouchable so far this season, with a 0.68 ERA (1.03 FIP) and 0.60 WHIP with 65 strikeouts (14.6 per 9) in 40 innings over six starts.