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Jacob deGrom to undergo MRI on sore elbow

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Jacob deGrom ran into a bout of bad luck last week, snapping his record-tying streak of 26 quality starts after he was lit up by the Twins in a six-run, four-inning affair. On Friday, the Mets got more bad news about their ace: per Newsday’s Tim Healey, the right-hander is headed to New York to undergo an MRI on his right elbow. There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury or the extent to which it might affect deGrom’s 2019 campaign, though GM Brodie Van Wagenen announced that he’ll be placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 16) with an expected return date of April 26.

Prior to the announcement, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters that deGrom first experienced some pain in his right elbow while playing catch on Thursday. This is far from the first time the 30-year-old has sustained elbow issues: he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, underwent a second procedure to repair nerve damage in 2016, and was sidelined on the 10-day injured list after hyperextending his right elbow last May. Even if his most recent injury doesn’t require invasive surgery or a long stint on the injured list, however, it stands to reason that the Mets would want to play it extra-safe with their no. 1 starter.

So far in 2019, deGrom has pitched to mixed results. He looked every bit the defending Cy Young winner after shutting out the Nationals and Marlins in back-to-back outings at the start of the season, but faltered a little after giving up a combined nine runs and five homers to the Twins and Braves in his next two starts. He currently holds a 3.68 ERA, 2.9 BB/9, and 14.7 SO/9 through 22 innings, and entering Friday, is tied with Blake Snell, Matthew Boyd, and Gerrit Cole for a league-leading 36 strikeouts.

Update, 4/20/19: It appears deGrom’s injury is not nearly as bad as the Mets initially believed. He was throwing again on Saturday and feels so improved, per Callaway’s comments, that none of the team’s medical staff believes he needs an MRI.

Dallas Keuchel could make season debut on Friday vs. Nationals

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Braves manager Brian Snitker is hoping recently-signed starter Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut on Friday when the Braves open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. For now, the Braves have not officially named a starter for Friday.

After spending seven months as a free agent, Keuchel finally inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves on June 6. He tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Single-A Rome, then gave up three runs on 11 hits across seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.

Last year, his final season with the Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old supposedly worried prospective teams due to his declining strikeout rate.

Keuchel is hoping to continue the Braves’ momentum, as the club has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12-3 overall in June thus far, building up a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.