deGrom exited yesterday’s 6-3 victory over the Cubs early after three perfect innings due to right shoulder soreness. He has had a couple of minor issues this season, spending a short stint on the injured list due to side tightness and leaving his previous start against the Padres after just 80 pitches due to right flexor tendonitis. Each time these issues were revealed to be minor and medical tests revealed no major problems. deGrom and the Mets are hoping that’s the case again this time; deGrom looked visibly frustrated in his postgame press conference last night, saying, “This is getting old. I want to be out there competing.” He also revealed that he did not feel the soreness in his pregame routine or during the game any time prior to the third inning, but since it persisted throughout the third inning, he departed the game down the tunnel and into the Mets’ clubhouse.
The Mets, cognizant of how crucial Jacob deGrom’s health is to the team’s success, is sending the ace for a second opinion, at which point we will learn more about how the team plans to move forward and whether an IL stint will be necessary. Still, this is good news and the Mets seemed to have dodged another bullet for now when it comes to the health of the best pitcher in baseball, who now holds a 0.54 ERA over his first 11 starts this season.