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Mets put pitcher Jacob deGrom (shoulder) on IL

Mar 27, 2022; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch in the first inning during spring training against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets placed right-hander Jacob deGrom on the 10-day injured list on Thursday, a formality as he copes with a shoulder injury.

An MRI conducted last week showed he has a stress reaction in his right scapula, and general manager Billy Eppler said then that deGrom could miss two months.

He was the planned Opening Day starter, and with big-ticket free-agent signee Max Scherzer dealing with a hamstring injury, Tylor Megill will start for the Mets on Thursday night against the Washington Nationals.

The setback represents another blow for the 33-year-old deGrom, who didn’t pitch after July 7 of last season due to elbow issues. In 15 starts last season, deGrom went 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA, and he struck out 146 batters in 92 innings.

The four-time All-Star won the National League Cy Young Award in both 2018 and 2019. He is 77-53 with a 2.50 ERA in 198 career starts over eight seasons with the Mets.

–Field Level Media