Mets ace Jacob deGrom is dealing with another injury issue.
This time, New York’s ace is experiencing tightness in his right forearm. Manager Luis Rojas told reporters Saturday that deGrom was scratched from his scheduled start Monday in Cincinnati against the Reds after he felt the tightness during a bullpen session Friday.
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Rojas also told reporters that deGrom underwent an MRI on Friday night, which revealed no structural damage. Nonetheless, deGrom will not pitch until at least Tuesday as Rojas said deGrom was day to day. His last mound appearance was July 7 vs. the Brewers.
The All-Star right-hander has been sidelined multiple times this season because of injury:
He had not missed a turn from May until now.
DeGrom, 33, was named to the National League All-Star team this season but did not attend the game in Denver last week. He told reporters he wanted to spend the time with his family and “get healthy for the second half.”
He has been historically good when he has been able to take the mound in 2021. He entered the All-Star break with an MLB-best 1.08 ERA (1.24 FIP) and 13.27 strikeouts per nine innings.
Marcus Stroman, Tylor Megill and Taijuan Walker are the Mets’ healthy rotation members coming out of the break. Jerad Eickhoff is an option to fill one of the two open spots. He is already on the 26-man roster and has made two starts for the team this year.