DeGrom will be sent back to New York for an examination with team doctors on Monday.
According to deGrom, he doesn’t believe the issue is serious and feels it’s something he would’ve been able to pitch through. However, deGrom said that he gave the Mets a head up about the soreness since it’s ‘not really worth pushing it.’
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said that it’s not yet clear if deGrom will miss just Tuesday’s start or multiple starts.
DeGrom, 26, is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 100.1 innings pitched for the Mets this season.
Any time a pitcher has an issue with his elbow or shoulder, the player and team should proceed with an abundance of caution, which is what deGrom and the Mets are doing.
In deGrom’s case, both he and the Mets seem relatively unconcerned with the issue, but it’s of course best to not draw conclusions one way or the other until after deGrom’s appointment with team doctors.
It would be a bit surprising if the Mets didn’t place deGrom on the disabled list, simply because that would only mean missing one additional start and would be the safe move.
As far as who replaces deGrom in the rotation, the team has said that it will likely be Carlos Torres if it’s a one-start thing.