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Jacob deGrom exits start after four innings with hyperextended right elbow

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Update (9:45 PM ET): Mets manager Mickey Callaway said deGrom injured his elbow swinging in his final at-bat of the night, per The Athletic’s Tim Britton. deGrom will undergo an MRI.

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Update (8:33 PM ET): deGrom left with a hyperextended right elbow, per DiComo.

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Mets starter Jacob deGrom exited Wednesday night’s start against the Braves after four innings with an apparent injury. According to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, deGrom “looked upset.”

deGrom held the Braves scoreless on two hits with no walks and six strikeouts on 46 pitches. Paul Sewald relieved him in the fifth.

The Mets should pass along an update later tonight about the nature of the injury. It would be a big loss if deGrom were to need a stint on the disabled list. He entered Wednesday’s action with a 2.06 ERA and a 48/11 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.