Jacob deGrom, the ace for the New York Mets, will be missing out on Opening Day after a test showed a stress reaction in his right scapula. A statement was made on Friday by the team, where it was mentioned that the player wouldn’t be playing for around four weeks and then will be reevaluated. Currently, deGrom has been considered to be the best pitcher in the MLB. In 15 starts the previous season, he went on to post an ERA of 1.08, and in 92 innings struck out close to 146 batters and walked just 11. But, he has had a penchant for missing starts due to injuries, with an elbow pain sidelining him for the entire second half.
Jacob deGrom Could Be Out For Sometime
Jacob deGrom would be particularly incapacitated, with the scapula being quite a vital bone in the entire process of pitching. Stress reactions, therefore, are injuries to bones that can be brought on by repeated movement. But incidentally, they rarely occur to pitchers. And the best way to deal with stress reactions is through rest. In 2014, Michael Wacha, the starter for the St. Louis Cardinals suffered a stress reaction in mid-June. He was only cleared to play in September.
Jacob deGrom, who did make a name for himself by winning back-to-back National League CY Young Awards in 2018-19, went on to finish ninth the last season even after he played just a half season’s worth of games. Incidentally, the previous year was supposed to be his breakout year, with the Mets putting all their hopes on him to unseat the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves, who have won around four consecutive NL East titles.
To put Jacob deGrom through the paces, the Mets also signed Max Scherzer, the ace from Washington Nationals on a three-year $130 million contract this winter to pair him with DeGrom atop its rotation. Scherzer, to the relief of the Mets, would be starting against the Nationals on Opening Day.