DeGrom Removed After One Inning With High Pitch Count

Jacob deGrom made his return from a hyperextended right elbow and the disabled list today against the Philadelphia Phillies, but it didn’t last long, innings-wise.

His removal from the game had nothing to do with his previous injury, though, and it was strictly pitch-count related, as the team announced through the SNY broadcast.

deGrom walked the first three batters and then proceeded to get out of the inning by striking out Rhys Hoskins, getting a 1-2 putout from Carlos Santana for the second out, and striking out Maikel Franco.

The shutout inning took him 45 pitches to complete, which as Elias Sports points out, is the highest pitch count needed to complete a hitless and scoreless inning since 2001 (Nick Bierbrodt, 48 pitches). Part of the reason for the accelerated pitch count was that the Phillies combined to hit 20 foul balls in the inning.

In the top of the second, the Mets decided to have Luis Guillorme pinch-hit for deGrom and Robert Gsellman replaced him on the mound in the bottom of the inning.

deGrom’s ERA went down to 1.83 on the season and he got his strikeout total up to 56 in 44 1/3 innings, but the 29-year old was certainly looking to go deeper in this game.

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