New York Mets fans found themselves holding their breaths Tuesday afternoon when it was announced that ace and two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom had been scratched from his scheduled start at the St. Louis Cardinals due to right side tightness.
The Mets confirmed later in the day that an MRI showed deGrom is dealing with inflammation in his right lat. As a result, the 32-year-old will be shut down from throwing for at least a "few days" while he's monitored:
The MRI on Jacob deGrom showed inflammation in his right lat. He will refrain from throwing for the next few days.— New York Mets (@Mets) May 4, 2021
RHP Jordan Yamamoto has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse…He will wear #45.
RHP Sean Reid-Foley has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
According to Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News, those within the organization aren't panicking:
deGrom's MRI test results on his right side tightness have not yet been made public, but a source said the news is "not concerning."— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) May 4, 2021
Right-hander Miguel Castro was scheduled to start for the Mets on Tuesday in deGrom's place. It's unknown when deGrom, the NL Pitcher of the Month for April who posted a 0.51 ERA with 59 strikeouts in five starts and 35 innings, will return to the rotation.