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New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom exits with tightness in side

Apr 28, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts after allowing a run to the Boston Red Sox during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets ace right-hander Jacob deGrom exited Sunday afternoon’s start against the Arizona Diamondbacks after five innings due to tightness in his right side.

deGrom, who was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday due to a sore right lat, set down the first 12 batters he faced on just 39 pitches. The two-time National League Cy Young Award recipient labored in the fifth inning and appeared to grimace a handful of times while allowing one run on one hit and three walks.

deGrom struck out in the bottom of the fifth and took two warmup tosses prior to the top of the sixth before catcher James McCann motioned to the dugout. After a visit with manager Luis Rojas and a trainer, deGrom walked off the field and into the clubhouse. The Mets said the exit was precautionary.

deGrom’s ERA rose from 0.51 to 0.68. He singled in the third for his seventh hit of the season and scored on Michael Conforto’s RBI single.

–Field Level Media