Mets' Jacob deGrom reacts to latest IL stint: 'The level of frustration right now is very high'

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Jacob deGrom walks off mound against Cubs June 2021
Jacob deGrom walks off mound against Cubs June 2021

Sunday's finale of the Mets-Pirates series was supposed to feature Jacob deGrom on the bump.

Instead, the Cy Young hopeful is back on the IL, this time due to right forearm tightness.

“I’m frustrated. I don’t know what else to say," deGrom said Sunday after Luis Rojas announced he would be hitting the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 15. "It's always good news when structurally everything looks good, but you go out there and try to throw a baseball and my forearm just doesn’t feel good. So the level of frustration right now is very high.”

You can't blame deGrom for how he feels after everything he's gone through this season.

He's had to deal with injuries involving his lat, shoulder and elbow to go along with the forearm now.

He also admitted that his previous injuries were all due to what he's done in the batter's box -- not pitching.

"No, because the other ones were all on swings," deGrom said when asked if he was concerned about the multiple injuries thus far.

This one is from pitching, though, as deGrom said he felt it in his last bullpen before the All-Star break. He told pitching coach Jeremy Hefner that he felt more sore than normal.

After that, he tried to have a catch over the break and felt the tightness in the forearm, but didn't think much of it.

"When I played catch over the break, I called [Hefner] and said, ‘I’m playing catch and I’m pretty sore. I don’t what’s going on. I think I’ll be fine.’ Gave him a heads up and planned on being fine and the hope was pitching today," DeGrom explained.

DeGrom can be activated on July 25 against the Toronto Blue Jays if everything pans out, but Rojas said he won't be throwing until he doesn't feel that tightness.

So, yeah, frustrating is certainly the word for the team's ace. DeGrom is having an unreal season that has helped the Mets stay in first place in the NL East. They want to keep it that way, and deGrom on the mound helps that cause tremendously.

But, like every injury he's had to face, he'll just put his head down, work, and hope to be back sooner rather than later.

“You gotta get over it and come up with the best plan to stay healthy and hopefully stay out there," he said.