The Mets are placing Jacob deGrom on the disabled list, manager Luis Rojas told reporters, including Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News, this morning. He continues to deal with the tension in his forearm and will not pitch until that subsides.
It is not an unexpected development after the deGrom release program was stopped Yesterday. Still, it’s still a serious blow for a Mets team that has a slim 2.5-game lead in the NL East. The stiff forearm diagnosis and seemingly uncertain recovery timeline are even more alarming, given deGrom’s status as the league’s best pitcher.
deGrom has dealt with some health issues throughout the season. He missed a couple of weeks to lateral tightness earlier in the year, and was also forced to leave early for forearm and shoulder pain. None of the above arm problems required an IL season, but his most recent injury will put him on the shelf.
When healthy, deGrom has truly been out of this world. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has posted a 1.08 ERA in 92 innings. He has struck out an incredible 45.1% of opposing hitters, while walking only 3.4% of facing hitters. A healthy second half would make him the prohibitive favorite to land a third Cy Young (and perhaps win the NL MVP award), but now it’s unclear when he’ll get back on the mound.