New York Mets fans can breath a sigh of relief.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters on Monday that an MRI on ace Jacob deGrom’s elbow came back clean and he could pitch on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers when he’s scheduled to return from the injured list.
Last week’s health scare for deGrom
Manager Mickey Callaway told reporters on Friday that deGrom’s elbow was “barking” after playing catch during a road trip to St. Louis, and that he was returning to New York for an MRI.
Van Wagenen later released a statement announcing that deGrom would be placed on the injured list and visit with team medical staff in an “abundance of caution”
He downplayed concerns of something serious with deGrom’s elbow, noting that he had been sick and gotten out of his pitching routine and that his arm had felt “significantly better” following treatment.
‘Made sense to have the MRI done’
It turns out the Mets did have an MRI performed on deGrom and got the good news they were expecting.
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“We wanted to make sure we were smart and prudent,” Van Wagenen said Monday. “That’s why we put him on the IL in the first place. Wanted to make sure he could see the doctor.
“At this point it made sense to have the MRI done. We got the answers we were hoping for. Now we can go all systems ahead.”
deGrom’s history of elbow problems
deGrom had struggled in consecutive starts after posting one of the most consistent seasons in MLB history in 2018 en route to the Cy Young award.
He also has a history of elbow problems, including needing Tommy John surgery in 2010.
His 2016 season was cut short when he had to have surgery to address ulnar nerve damage.
It appears that his latest elbow discomfort was nothing more than a minor setback.
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