The 33-year-old divulged ahead of Tuesday's matchup at the Miami Marlins that he's dealing with another setback:
Jacob deGrom said his elbow inflammation is a separate issue from the forearm tightness that initially sidelined him — a sixth injury this season.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) August 3, 2021
An MRI and CT scan did not reveal the source of the inflammation, he said.
“I feel like I was having the best year of my career.”
As things currently stand, deGrom is on track to have an MRI around Aug. 13. There's no cemented timetable for his potential return, but he's not yet ruling himself out for the remainder of the campaign:
Any concern that he will miss the rest of the season?— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) August 3, 2021
“I would say no, not right now,” Jacob deGrom said. “It depends on hopefully the next image of the inflammation.”
DeGrom is penciled in for another MRI around Aug. 13.
The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner is 7-2 on the season with a 1.08 ERA and 0.55 WHIP, but he's missed time throughout the year because of right lat tightness, right side tightness, right flexor tendinitis and right shoulder problems along with the forearm tightness and elbow inflammation that's kept him a spectator since the All-Star break. Today's update essentially guarantees he won't take the bump against big league hitters before September.
The Mets begin Tuesday evening at 55-50 and in first place in the NL East standings, but they are only two-and-a-half games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies.