Jacob deGrom needs another MRI after brief return from lat injury

Winners of five straight, the New York Mets have a big test brewing:

Jacob deGrom is getting an MRI.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner was pulled after five innings with right side tightness in his return from an injury to a similar area, but the bullpen closed out a four-hitter as New York beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Sunday.

DeGrom (3-2) was perfect through four innings but labored in the fifth, then called for trainer Brian Chicklo after throwing two warm-up pitches ahead of the sixth. DeGrom exited and went straight to the clubhouse.

“No pain whatsoever, just tightness,” manager Luis Rojas said. “That's what he told our trainer.”

The right-hander was coming off a 10-day layoff, skipping his previous turn in the rotation because of a right lat issue. Rojas said the side tightness — centered around the lower-right side of his back — seems to be a different issue.

Prior to Sunday, deGrom had a 0.51 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 35 overpowering innings.

New York expected to have results of the MRI by Sunday night.

“I want to sit and wait and see what it is, and then we can plan as a group what's next,” Rojas said.

The 32-year-old deGrom threw 68 pitches over five innings, allowing a run with six strikeouts, a hit and three walks.

Earlier this week, deGrom spoke in more detail about his injury, noting that his lat tends to be sore the day after he starts, but that he grew concerned when it didn't seem to improve in the days that followed his last start on April 28. 토토사이트

"I think after getting it looked at and spotted, it's in a good spot, I guess," deGrom told reporters, including Chris Ryan of NJ.com. "Anytime it creeps up towards the armpit, then it's not good. But the spot it's in is definitely manageable. We'll just reevaluate (Thursday), revisit with the doctor and go from there."

Coming into Sunday, deGrom had made five starts this season. In those appearances, he had accumulated a 0.51 ERA and a 14.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Including his start against the Diamondbacks, he now has a 0.68 ERA with just 17 hits and seven walks in 40 innings. DeGrom has punched out 65 batters.


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