New York Mets Must be Cautious While Handling Jacob deGrom

By Robert DeVita
Jacob deGrom
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It was reported earlier today that New York Mets rookie sensation Jacob deGrom will be scratched from his next start due to right shoulder soreness. He was scheduled to take the ball against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in the opening game of the three-game series. Anytime I hear a young pitcher getting scratched from a start due to an issue with their pitching arm it automatically worries me.

In deGrom’s case, it is right shoulder soreness which can simply be caused from fatigue, but you really never know. The Mets have had miserable luck when it comes to the health of young pitchers as we have seen with ace Matt Harvey, who went down with a tear in his right elbow last season resulting in Tommy John surgery. From what I have heard, this was the first time that deGrom complained about his shoulder, which is a good sign.

This doesn’t seem like something that has been nagging him and he has pitched through it, which has caused him to further injure himself. Another good sign is that his performance has not dropped off a lick. We have seen how good he has been this season and he was only getting better if anything. On the year deGrom is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA and has struck out 94 batters in 100.1 innings of work. Of late deGrom has been one of the best pitchers in the league as he was named the National League Rookie of the Month for July.

Last season, before it was known that Harvey was injured, his production took a hit, his velocity dropped some and teams were actually hitting him. These are two completely different cases, but I thought it was noteworthy that deGrom’s production has not changed over his last few starts.

No matter what I still get nervous when something like this happens, deGrom is headed back to New York to receive an MRI, which is what needed to be done. I’m glad that the Mets aren’t playing any games with this because deGrom is a significant part of this team and the future of it. I’m glad that deGrom didn’t keep what was bothering him to himself, because that would have only made matters worse.

We have seen it time and time again, when a pitcher keeps his injury to himself, it only results in him furthering injuring himself. Nothing good can come out of a pitcher pitching through an arm injury. Best case scenario is deGrom gets his arm checked out and they find nothing wrong with it, which is obviously what we all hope happens. On the contrary, if he is injured, at least it was caught early and hopefully it isn’t severe.

The Mets just need to keep being cautious with him and all their young pitchers. Guys like deGrom mean too much to the franchise and they don’t need a repeat of what happened to Harvey. Injuries to young talent will only cause a setback and this team doesn’t need anymore of those. I hope all is well for deGrom. It would be a real shame if he went down with an injury in the midst of his stellar rookie campaign.

Robert DeVita is a New York Mets writer for Follow him on Twitter @RobertDeVita24, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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