Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom placed on 10-day Injured List with forearm tightness

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PITTSBURGH — As a human being, you feel for Jacob deGrom. Over a Zoom call that lasted almost nine minutes on Sunday, he seemed visibly frustrated.

And can you blame him?

In the midst of a special season, deGrom on Sunday hit the injured list for the second time — this time because of right forearm tightness. He didn't have much of an explanation for why he continues experiencing different ailments.

"Yeah, I'm frustrated," deGrom said. "I don't know what else to say."

Once again, deGrom's MRI came back clean. But once again, he'll have to miss time. His injured list placement is retroactive to July 15, so he could return on July 25.

Still, he isn't out there with his 1.08 ERA to help his team. He isn't even throwing until he doesn't feel the forearm tightness anymore — and no one knows when that will be.

Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom did not take part in the 2021 All-Star Game.
Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom did not take part in the 2021 All-Star Game.

"I guess you have to (get over the frustration)," deGrom said. "You want to be out there trying to help your team win baseball games. I think that's where the frustration comes from. And then my job is to run out there every fifth day and I haven't been able to do that. But then, like I said, you got to get over it and come up with the best plan to get healthy and hopefully stay out there."

DeGrom said he first felt the tightness last Sunday, when he threw a bullpen right before the All-Star break. He didn't think much of it, but alerted pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. He then didn't feel right when he threw at home on Thursday, so he figured it may have just been taking a bit longer to recover. He arrived in Pittsburgh on Friday and tried to throw his bullpen session, his forearm still "didn't feel great" when he tried to finish pitches.

That's when the Mets and deGrom decided to shut him down until he fully recovered.

"So when I go to release a baseball, I’m having a hard time staying through it and throwing the ball how I’m supposed to," deGrom said. "The other day, I felt it from literally lobbing a baseball and then never really seemed to get any better. Just continued to stay tight even when I got on the mound. I guess the positive thing is, structurally, my elbow looks good but the frustration part is why. What is it? What did I do to cause it?"

The "why" is something the Mets have tried to answer all season. As it stands, deGrom is dealing with his fifth injury. He said four of them were caused by swings (all but the forearm tightness).

Here's the list:

  • Right lat tightness

  • Right side tightness

  • Right flexor tendinitis

  • Right shoulder soreness

  • Right forearm tightness (his current ailment)

Manager Luis Rojas said Mets doctors don't believe any of these injuries to be related. He said: "We’ve had the MRIs where they don’t show structural damage and they don’t show any correlation and we have the doctors saying. We also have Jake’s feel for what he’s dealing with. I’ve got to go with that."

The Mets hope deGrom returns soon. They placed him on the injured list because he still wouldn't have been able to throw on Monday, so it seemed smart to give him time to fully recover.

He's their best player and there is no need to make this worse.

The injury, however, couldn't have come at a more unfortunate time. Heading into Sunday's series finale in Pittsburgh, the Mets had lost three in a row dating back to before the break. Their division lead was shrinking. Star shortstop Francisco Lindor is also on the injured list (right oblique strain).

The Mets have not yet announced starting pitchers for Monday and Tuesday in Cincinnati.

They don't know when their ace will take the mound next.

"I guess it’s always good news whenever, structurally, everything looks good," deGrom said. "But you go out there and try to throw a baseball and my forearm just doesn’t feel good. The level of frustration right now is very high.

Throughout the course of the season, and even before it, deGrom has repeated a common refrain about how he wants to "run out there every fifth day."

In his Sunday Zoom call, he mentioned that phrase and thought about how he's often said it.

I want to run out there every fifth day.

"But that didn't happen," he added, accepting he'll miss more time amidst what has otherwise been a remarkable season for him.

This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom placed on the 10-day Injured List