The Mets are optimistic Jacob deGrom won’t require a trip to the injured list

Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have a new injury to worry about. Not only Carlos Carrasco’s return has been pushed back to June at the earlies, but now, their ace Jacob deGrom re-aggravated an issue that had is weekend start in jeopardy.

In fact, deGrom was slated to pitch earlier in the week, but he missed his last start before an MRI revealed lat inflammation. Before the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, deGrom reported right side tightness while warming up, and had to be removed.

He checked out of the game with Mets manager Luis Rojas and head athletic trainer Brian Chicklo. The injury clearly didn’t affect deGrom during the time he was able to stay on the mound yesterday, as he conceded only one run, a single hit and three walks over five innings, with six strikeouts.

The Mets are crossing their fingers

While there is no telling on how deGrom’s injury will evolve, the Mets do have faith that the two-time Cy Young award winner in the National League won’t require a trip to the 10-day injured list, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

Morosi is hearing that the initial prognosis is “good” after the Mets’ star pitcher was sent for an MRI.

There is a great chance that his next start is pushed at least a couple of days, though, but the Mets don’t think they are dealing with a long-term problem.

DeGrom’s teammates don’t want to see him take any chances. “We’re hoping for the best,” said outfielder Michael Conforto, to MLB.com. “Jake’s very careful. He’s not going to pitch on anything that doesn’t feel right. He’s a really tough guy as well. He’s strong. He’s built well. We don’t know anything at this point, so it doesn’t make any sense to speculate what’s going on. But obviously, we don’t like to see him leave the game early.”