Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was scratched from today’s scheduled start against the Tigers with back soreness.
The good news, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, is that the move was precautionary and deGrom feels well enough that he’s slated to throw off a mound at the Mets’ team complex instead of facing the Tigers.
Or as deGrom himself put it:
I really didn’t want to ride on the bus for a couple of hours and then go try to pitch. … Today I feel good. Yesterday I felt good. I think it’s just more not sitting on the bus for a couple of hours and then going out there and pitching.
I suppose in that case an alternate headline could be “Jacob deGrom scratched from start with not wanting to ride a bus.”
For the third straight season the Pirates will go with left-hander Francisco Liriano as their Opening Day starter, which is noteworthy because it means right-hander Gerrit Cole will not get the Opening Day nod following a season in which he finished fourth in the Cy Young balloting.
However, with Cole recovering from an offseason rib cage injury the Pirates don’t want to rush his timetable and manager Clint Hurdle told Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that “it wouldn’t be fair to him to try and push that deadline date on him.”
Cole has yet to make his spring training debut, but the Pirates are hoping he’ll be stretched out to around the 100-pitch mark shortly after Opening Day. And of course Liriano is certainly deserving too. He has a 3.26 ERA with 543 strikeouts in 510 innings since signing with the Pirates in 2013, including a 3.38 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 187 innings last season.
Dang. A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker, who has already come back from two Tommy John surgeries and most recently a fractured elbow, is now facing another career-threatening injury after re-fracturing his elbow in a game earlier this week.
Parker showed so much promise as a prospect coming up through the Diamondbacks’ minor-league system and then as a young starter in the A’s rotation, but the 27-year-old former first-round draft pick is now looking at a third consecutive lost season after leaving the mound screaming.
I can’t even fathom the physical pain and emotional anguish that comes with suffering two torn ligaments and two fractures in the same elbow. Here’s hoping Parker can make a full recovery and eventually return to the majors as an effective pitcher. Or short of that find some peace, happiness, and good health in his post-playing career.
What a shame.