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Mets starter Jacob deGrom scratched from Friday’s start

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Sep 24, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) in the dugout during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) in the dugout during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Another day, another unfortunate injury for the Mets.

Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday night due to a stiff neck, according to Ken Rosenthal.

This, of course, comes two days after Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud each left a game with injuries, and just one day after Yoenis Cespedes did the same. In a story Mets fans have become all too familiar with over the years, the injury bug has not been kind to the team in the early going.

The timing unfortunately could not be worse for New York, as they have lost five of their last six games, dropping back-to-back series against the Marlins and Phillies. Tonight is the first game of the year against the Washington Nationals, their biggest competition in the NL East, and all signs point to them being without one-third of their starting lineup and now without deGrom, at least for tonight’s game.

Jacob deGrom has been excellent so far for the Mets, pitching to a 1.89 ERA in three starts. He has notched 22 strikeouts in 19 innings, and issued just four walks.

If he is truly only being pushed back one day, (and that is a big “if), then this isn’t devastating news. Matt Harvey will get the ball tonight on normal rest, and he has been good so far this season. He sports a 2-0 record and a 2.45 ERA through three starts so far.

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The Mets are in solid hands for tonight’s purposes, but there is always the possibility that deGrom being pushed back one day leads to a lengthier absence. We all know what happened last season — the Mets lost deGrom for the season.

Hopefully that will not be the case again this year. Fingers crossed this is solely just a stiff neck.

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