The New York Mets' worst fears were confirmed this Friday. Unfortunately, right-handed ace Jacob deGrom will miss Opening Day due to a stress reaction in his right scapula.
New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom will miss Opening Day after imaging showed a stress reaction in his right scapula, sources tell ESPN. While the timetable for deGrom's return is unclear, he's expected to miss a significant amount of time to start 2022. Story soon at ESPN.
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">ESPN's Jeff Passan was first to report that deGrom will miss Opening Day for the Mets. It was announced earlier today that he'd undergo an MRI on his throwing shoulder.
A timetable for deGrom's return isn't available at this time. However, Passan did say that deGrom is expected to miss a significant amount of time to start the 2022 season.
For now, the Mets' plan is to shut down deGrom for a month before he starts throwing again. Once that month is up, the Mets will re-evaluate deGrom's throwing shoulder.
Obviously, this isn't what the Mets' fan base wanted to hear on this Friday.
For the past year, deGrom has dealt with a couple of injuries. In 2021, he dealt with an elbow injury that forced him to miss the second half of the season.
Of course, deGrom is one of the best pitchers in the MLB when he's healthy. The main issue right now is that he hasn't been able to stay on the field.
With deGrom out for the foreseeable future, the Mets will need Max Scherzer to lead their starting rotation.