Jacob deGrom Leaves Intrasquad Start with Back Problems

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48). Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9569229f)

The New York Mets are dealing with some injury uncertainty heading into the final week of “camp” after star pitcher Jacob deGrom left an intrasquad game on Tuesday night with what was described as “back discomfort.”

The three-time All-Star and two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner was only able to complete one inning of work at Citi Field on Tuesday night before he left the practice game early.

On Wednesday, it was reported that deGrom would undergo an MRI on his back that very day to determine the extent of the injury. While no diagnosis or prognosis has been offered yet, Mets manager Luis Rojas simply stated that his status is currently “day to day.”

deGrom, who was slated to face the Atlanta Braves for the Mets’ Opening Day game on July 24th, may not be able to toe the mound if he isn’t able to get back to 100% over the next ten days.

The hard-throwing Florida native has never missed significant time since establishing himself as a Mets rotation staple back in 2014, making it difficult to imagine what a New York starting rotation might look like without him.

It goes without saying that Mets fans, players, and front office personnel alike are hoping that deGrom’s injury will turn out to be minor and that he will contribute to the team’s abbreviated 2020 season sooner rather than later.