The Mets have changed their minds and have decided that they will place Jacob deGrom on the disabled list and he will not start on Monday, as the team wants to be “overly cautious” with him, according to Mickey Callaway.
As a result, deGrom will make his next start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, which is when he will be eligible to be activated. Meanwhile, the team has not yet decided on who will start tomorrow’s game in place of deGrom against the Cincinnati Reds.
The Mets and deGrom realize the importance of his health. Jacob deGrom explains the decision despite not feeling pain.
“The bigger picture is what we are looking at. You go out there pitching and something happens, you end up missing five starts. If you just skip one, you can make sure everything’s fine.”
Original Post- May 5, 4:51 p.m.
According to Callaway, his bullpen went very well and there were “no issues whatsoever.”
The 28-year old hyperextended his right elbow in his last start against the Atlanta Braves, which he was removed after four innings from to avoid any further injury.
He initially felt pain in the third inning after swinging in his final at-bat of the game. Callaway said he will not be swinging a bat on Monday, though.
“If it were up to me they would never swing in BP or in the game. We don’t need their spot in the lineup to score runs…at this point, I think he’s better off to go up there and just bunt and get guys over.”
The injury could have been much worse, and it was initially reported deGrom would miss four starts by Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.
However, that is not the case, as deGrom is set to not even miss a turn in the rotation now.
DeGrom is off to the best start of his career so far, as he has a 3-0 record, 1.87 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 54 strikeouts in seven starts (43 1/3 innings).