New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom‘s MRI has come back clean, the club announced today. He is day-to-day. This a day after he was removed early from an intrasquad game with back tightness.
Even with the clean MRI, the light work he has had to date in Summer Camp could certainly limit how many innings he’d be ready to pitch once the season starts next week. Ramp-up is ramp-up, after all. For what it’s worth, the two-time defending Cy Young Award winner was pushed back two days at the beginning of the 2018 season with back tightness and missed a spring training start in 2016 with a back issue as well. Which, obviously, did not create problems for him that year.
deGrom, 32, went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and a 255/44 K/BB ratio in 204 innings for the Mets in 2019. He actually won fewer games the year before — only 10 — but had an even better year, putting up a best-in-baseball 1.70 ERA along with 269 strikeouts and 46 walks over 217 innings. Those two seasons are the lowest and second-lowest win totals among starters to win the Cy Young Award.
The Mets will are already without Noah Syndergaard this season after he underwent Tommy John surgery in March. Jacob deGrom’s MRI coming back clean, then is pretty dang good news, even if his ramp-up schedule is affected.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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