by Scott Mandel
Jacob deGrom, the New York Mets ace pitcher and reigning Cy Young Award winner, has been sent back to NYC from St. Louis to have an MRI on his throwing elbow, which is suddenly causing him pain. The Mets are taking no chances.
During deGrom’s last home game start, on April 10th, he was hit hard by a light-hitting Minnesota team, allowing three HRs in four innings. His velocity was somewhat lower than his usual 95-97 mph but the Mets expressed no concern that evening.
It’s premature to predict anything but the Mets are hoping, of course, the 30-year old righthander, who already had Tommy John surgery in 2010, will not be facing that prospect for a second time.
DeGrom also had surgery in September, 2016 to repair nerve damage in that same right elbow.
He just signed a contract extension with the Mets during this past off-season, for five years, $137.5 million after winning the National League’s Cy Young Award last season.