Jacob deGrom left Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia after just two innings.
Following a second inning in which he allowed three runs, deGrom was seen talking to both pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and a member of the training staff in the dugout before walking down the tunnel towards the clubhouse.
It was later announced that deGrom left the game due to a right hamstring spasm.
"The back of my leg kind of felt like it was starting to grab a little bit," deGrom explained after the game. "I felt it in Buffalo and it went away. I felt it in the bullpen there. Here warming up I felt okay. First inning I mentioned something to [head trainer Brian Chicklo], I said ‘This thing is starting to grab a little more than what it did last time.’ It kept doing it, and I think once they were aware of it – because I didn’t tell them about Buffalo until today – they said ‘Hey, there’s no reason to try to push through this and hurt something.’”
DeGrom threw 40 pitches through the first two innings, allowing three earned on four hits with one strikeout and one walk. The right-hander saw his ERA jump up to 2.09 following his short start.
But the Mets' ace doesn't see this as a long-term injury, saying he's still hopeful he can make two more starts during the regular season as he looks to push the Mets into the playoffs and earn his third straight Cy Young.
"I’m not too worries that it’s going to be a long-term thing," deGrom said. "I think we probably stopped at the right time. I think it’s just day-by-day and what’s weird is like running around, playing catch it seems fine, and then once I get to full intensity in the game is when I felt it.
"Hopefully it’s something that we can treat and get back out there as soon as possible."
As pointed out by Gary Cohen on the SNY broadcast, Wednesday's start marked the first time deGrom went the first time through an opposing order without a strikeout since April 10, 2017 -- a span of 103 starts.
DeGrom has also gone 13 straight starts without allowing three earned runs, dating back to last season.
Obviously, deGrom missing any time would be a huge blow for the Mets, who've already dealt with more than enough pitching injuries this season.
But for now, it's a wait-and-see approach.
"Right now it’s a day-to-day thing," said Luis Rojas after the game. "We kept paying attention to it as he got out of the (second) inning and we talked in between innings, and that’s when he told us that he felt something. We felt like let’s call it totally early to catch it, whatever it was, and then we found out that it was a spasm, nothing major.
"Right now we just want to wait and see what comes out of it from our performance staff and when it gets checked by the doctors."