Mets ace Jacob deGrom placed on IL, but might not need MRI after all

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It’s been an interesting 24 hours for New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom.

Before Friday’s game in St. Louis, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters that deGrom’s elbow was “barking” after playing catch. He then revealed that deGrom would be leaving the team to have an MRI and an examination with team doctors in New York on Monday.

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However, the situation could be changing after deGrom played catch without any discomfort on Saturday.

Pitching coach Dave Eiland told reporters deGrom may have pitched his scheduled Saturday start against the St. Louis Cardinals if this happened later in the season. That was a clear indication the Mets weren’t overly concerned about deGrom’s status.

Saturday’s update adds to the optimism.

deGrom placed on Injured List

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen provided further clarity on the situation in a statement released Friday afternoon.

Van Wagenen said that deGrom has been sick and out of his normal routine this week. He anticipated then that deGrom would be able to return to the mound on April 26 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

DeGrom off to relatively poor start this season

The reigning National League Cy Young winner has posted a 3.68 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in four starts this season, well off his 1.70 ERA and 0.912 WHIP from his Cy Young campaign.

After posting scoreless outings in his first two starts this season, deGrom allowed six earned runs in four innings on April 3 and three earned runs in five innings on Sunday.

The 14-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins on April 3 ended his MLB record-tying streak of 26 consecutive quality starts, with a quality start defined as pitching at least six innings while allowing three runs or fewer.

There are no reports of deGrom complaining of elbow discomfort prior to Friday.

Mets express optimism despite Jacob deGrom's 'barking' right elbow. (AP)
Mets express optimism despite Jacob deGrom's 'barking' right elbow. (AP)

DeGrom’s history of elbow issues

DeGrom has dealt with right elbow issues before. His 2016 season was cut short when he had to have surgery to address ulnar nerve damage.

He had Tommy John surgery in 2010.

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