New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom left the game on Wednesday night after hyperextending his right elbow swinging the bat. At the time deGrom was dominating the Atlanta Braves lineup with six strikeouts in four scoreless innings. The Mets would go on to lose 7-0 to the Atlanta Braves as they fell to second place.
DeGrom apparently hurt himself on a swing in the bottom of the third inning when he struck out swinging on a slider from Sean Newcomb, “He said, ‘You know what, my arm hurts on that last swing so I’m just not going to swing the rest of the night,'” Callaway said after the game. “He said it feels fine throwing, he hadn’t had any issues throwing. So he went back out.”
The Mets right-hander pitched a scoreless fourth inning though you could see him wince after a Nick Markakis single and said the pain and gone to his right bicep as well. He would immediately head to the tunnel and be replaced on the mound by Paul Sewald.
DeGrom went for an MRI on Wednesday night with the results becoming public on Thursday though Callaway said it would be a restless night for him, ““I’m sure I won’t sleep very well. He’s a big part of our team.”
Callaway mentioned after the game that Matt Harvey was the first name that popped into his head when deGrom was injured. He also said that he was impressed with Corey Oswalt in his major league debut last week.
Oswalt, 24, pitched 4.2 innings of two-run ball with four strikeouts out of the bullpen on April 25 against the San Diego Padres. The right-hander pitched six innings of three-run ball for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. He has a 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 15 innings in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League.
Meanwhile, Harvey still hasn’t been the same pitcher following Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and was sent to the bullpen after posting a 6.00 ERA in his first four starts of the 2018 season. He’s allowed two runs in four innings on four hits, two walks and only two strikeouts in three relief outings since.
Of course the extend of the injury and recovery time will obviously play a role in what the Mets decided to do going forward with deGrom’s rotation spot. Hyperextending the elbow is a pretty rare occurrence for a pitcher. Recent Mets hitters have dealt with the injury in recent history with Lucas Duda missing 18 games last season and Travis d’Arnaud sitting out 32 in 2015 with a hyperextended elbow.
Everyone involved with the Mets knows how important deGrom is to the teams postseason hopes as Jay Bruce said after the game, “Obviously, Jake is one of the main cogs here on the team and for the rotation. He really sets the tone for us. When you see him come out of the game, there’s concern.”