NEW YORK – Two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom is set to make his next scheduled start for the New York Mets despite leaving the game with flexor tendonitis after six innings on Friday.
DeGrom played catch and threw a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon. Coach Luis Rojas said his ace should be ready to face the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
A precautionary MRI showed no problem, said Rojas.
“It’s something we want to adopt day in and day out so it’s just a catch game today,” said Rojas. “He said he felt fine so we’ll see the progress between starts and see that he can do anything, throw his side and make his next start. That’s the expectation right now, but we want to be exactly that anyway respect, think highly of.” . “
DeGrom was drawn after 80 pitches and six goalless innings against the San Diego Padres on Friday night. He wasn’t concerned that the diagnosis would interfere with a season he dominated opponents.
The elbow began to tighten in the sixth inning on Friday, said deGrom (6-2), who extended his run of goalless innings to 22.
“Whenever you say something for a pitcher of elbows, everyone gets nervous,” said deGrom on Friday. “But like I said, I do a lot of tape tests myself, and when I know what they feel like, that’s a whole different point.”
DeGrom had a no-hitter until Wil Myers beat the shift with a weak grounder in the fifth. Myers was caught stealing and was the only runner to make the base on deGrom who stroked 10.
DeGrom’s 0.56 ERA is the lowest ever by a pitcher at 10 starts, just ahead of Juan Marichal’s 0.59 in 1966.
He has thrown 128 of his 839 pitches this season at 100 mph or harder. He exceeded this mark seven times on Friday. No other starter had more than 10 such pitches before Friday. Rojas said pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and the performance team are constantly monitoring the strain on deGrom’s arm.
DeGrom scored his 100th strikeout that year when Fernando Tatis Jr. went down in the fourth swing and hit the mark in 61⅔ innings. It is the fewest innings it takes to hit 100 punchouts in a season since the hill was moved to 60 feet (6 inches) by ESPN in 1893.