Monday, October 18, 2021

Mets’ Jacob deGrom officially closed for season with elbow injury

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DeGrom, 33 years old, has not pitched since July 7 because of a tear the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The Mets have since claimed that deGrom has made a full recovery, and that he won’t require Tommy John surgery or anything of the like. This season will go down as a frustrating one for deGrom. He dealt with several injuries, including right side tightness, that limited him to just 15 starts. When he was able to pitch, he did so brilliantly. In 92 innings, he accumulated a 1.08 ERA (372 ERA+) and a 13.27 strikeout-to-walk ratio. DeGrom made the All-Star team and may still receive Cy Young Award consideration, albeit not as much as he would’ve otherwise.

Mets’ Jacob deGrom officially shut down for season with elbow injury The Mets’ decision to shut down deGrom is a wise one. New York entered Tuesday with a 73-82 record on the year, giving them zero chance at reaching the postseason. A healthy deGrom will be a huge part of the Mets’ competitive aspirations heading into 2022, so asking him to return for a non-essential start made little sense.

Next season will be a pivotal one for deGrom and the Mets for other reasons, too. He can officially opt-out of the remainder of his contract at the conclusion of the 2022 campaign. It’s unclear if deGrom’s injury-riddled season has or will impact the Mets’ willingness to sign him to an extension ahead of his potential date with free agency.

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