Jacob deGrom To Miss “Significant” Time With Scapula Injury

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Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was to undergo an MRI today, and the news isn’t positive for the former NL Cy Young Award winner.  As per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, deGrom will “miss a significant amount of time” due to a stress reaction in his right scapula.  DeGrom will be re-evaluated after being shut down for the next four weeks.

Between the four-week shutdown, the necessary ramp-up period, and probably some natural caution given all of deGrom’s recent injuries, a 60-day IL placement seems likely.  That would put deGrom on track for a June debut in a best-case scenario, and thus it will mean that the ace will be going roughly 11 months between Major League outings.  DeGrom last pitched on July 7, 2021 before then suffering a forearm issue that wound up ending his season.

Between that forearm problem and multiple smaller injuries beforehand, deGrom pitched only 92 innings in 2021, though he was spectacular in that abbreviated campaign.  DeGrom had a 1.08 ERA, 45.1% strikeout rate, and a 3.4% walk rate, and seemed to be on pace for a season for the ages.  Despite all his missed time, deGrom’s performance still earned him a ninth-place finish in NL Cy Young voting.

More to come…

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