NEW YORK – Two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom He is expected to make his next scheduled outing for the New York Mets despite having to leave Friday’s game after six innings with right flexor tendonitis.
DeGrom made a few catches and threw a bullpen session Saturday afternoon. Manager Luis Rojas said his ace should be ready to face the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
A precautionary MRI showed no problem, Rojas said.
“It’s something we want to take on day to day, so today it’s just playing ball,” Rojas said. “He said he was feeling good, so we will see the progression between starts and see that he can do everything, throw his side and make his next start.
DeGrom was sacked after 80 pitches and six scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres on Friday night. He wasn’t concerned that the diagnosis would interrupt a season in which he has dominated his opponents.
The elbow began to tighten in the sixth inning on Friday, said deGrom (6-2), who extended his scoreless inning streak to 22.
“Whenever you mention the elbow to a pitcher, everyone gets nervous about it,” deGrom said Friday. “But like I said, I do a lot of ligament tests on my own, and doing them, knowing how they feel, is a totally different place.”
DeGrom had a no-hitter until Wil myers beat the defensive special formation with a weak roll in the fifth. Myers was caught stealing and was the only running back to reach deGrom, who struck out 10.
DeGrom’s 0.56 ERA is the lowest by a pitcher in 10 starts, just ahead of Juan Marichal’s 0.59 in 1966.
He has made 128 of his 839 pitches this season at 100 mph or more. It surpassed that mark seven times on Friday. No other starter had more than 10 pitches of this type before Friday. Rojas said pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and the performance team constantly monitor the strain on deGrom’s arm.
DeGrom got his 100th strikeout this year when Fernando Tatis Jr. he fanned out in the fourth, hitting the mark in his 61st inning. It’s the fewest innings needed to hit 100 strikeouts in a season since the mound moved to 60 feet, 6 inches in 1893, according to ESPN.