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New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom hits injured list with forearm tightness

Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
Jul 1, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom landed on the 10-day injured list Sunday after recurring tightness in his forearm didn’t go away following rest.

deGrom, who was scheduled to start Monday, felt tightness in his right forearm during a bullpen session earlier this week. New York immediately sent him for MRIs, which revealed no structural damage, but the issue persisted on Sunday.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, deGrom will be shut down from throwing until the discomfort in the arm goes away. Only after that happens will New York develop a plan for its ace to return to the mound.

The latest injury couldn’t happen at a worse time for the Mets. Already on a three-game losing streak, New York’s lead atop the NL East is shrinking rapidly. The club also lost Francisco Lindor to an oblique strain, which is expected to sideline him for at least a month.

  • Jacob deGrom stats: 1.08 ERA, 055. WHIP, .128 batting average allowed and 45.1% strikeout rate in 92 innings

Injuries have been a troubling issue for New York’s 33-year-old starter this season. He left a start in June with right flexor tendinitis and has now required multiple IL stints in 2021.

Just as the Mets started getting players back from their injured list, more impactful contributors are landing on it. With the MLB trade deadline approaching, New York has several needs it must address to remain contenders.