Mets’ Jacob deGrom dominates again before leaving with an injury

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom
Mar 11, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets won last night’s affair with the San Diego Padres 3-2 in yet another masterpiece by their ace Jacob deGrom. The best pitcher in baseball threw six scoreless innings and struck out 10 hitters, lowering his ERA to an extraordinary 0.56.

However, he also had to leave his start after completing the sixth inning, with a right flexor tendinitis. The Mets’ ace has already visited the injured list this season, with some right side tightness.

While one would think the injury will warrant some sort of stay on the injured list, the Mets’ pitcher doesn’t seem particularly concerned. In fact, deGrom said he is confident he will be able to make his next start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.

“I’m pretty optimistic that I’ll be out there in five days,” deGrom said to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The Mets’ manager expects him to be out there in five days

Mets’ manager Luis Rojas added: “He expects to make his next start. I expect him to make his next start.”

DeGrom was perfect through for innings until a Wil Myers single found its way into the shift. He was caught stealing and the Mets’ ace kept dominating, facing the minimum through six frames.

Since the team had stated before the game that the intention was to stretch deGrom closer to 100 pitches, seeing him leave the game after 80 immediately raised questions.

The pitcher later admitted he didn’t feel quite right in the week, but woke up feeling fine yesterday.

“How it was trending this week was a plus,” deGrom said. “I felt it a little more right after I pitched, and then the day of my side [session], it felt better. When I woke up today, it felt great. … I woke up, felt good — could feel it a tiny bit in the bullpen, but not like when I was throwing my side. So I liked the way it was trending and didn’t feel like it was a concern.”

“Having dealt with elbow issues,” deGrom said, “I’m pretty familiar with how that feels.”