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Jacob deGrom moved to 60-day IL in latest sad injury twist

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Former Mets ace Jacob deGrom, now with the Texas Rangers after signing a massive five-year, $185 million deal in the offseason, was moved from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day list while dealing with elbow inflammation that has sidelined him since April 29.

Rangers general manager Chris Young spoke to the Dallas Morning News on Monday, and refused to confirm or deny whether or not deGrom suffered a setback.

“I believe he’s the best pitcher in the world when he’s healthy,” Young said. “When he’s on the mound, it’s just captivating. But we want to proceed cautiously and do what’s right by him. That’s the biggest factor in this move.

“We want to make sure the inflammation is gone. The [symptoms] have come and gone. He’s had good days and bad. It’s not been linear.”

The move to the 60-day IL may have been procedural – the team added pitcher Spencer Howard to the active roster in a corresponding move – but it’s still not a promising sign for the ace, who is now not eligible to return to the team until June 28.


Jacob deGrom was moved to the 60-day injured list.
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Jacob deGrom throws a pitch with the Rangers
Jacob deGrom throws a pitch with the Rangers
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DeGrom, a back-to-back Cy Young Award winner with the Mets in 2018 and ’19, has struggled with injuries in every year since taking home the hardware.

He hasn’t gone over 100 innings in a season since 2019, and the most number of starts he’s had in a season since then has been 15 in 2021.

New York tried to retain the 34-year-old in the offseason, but deGrom opted for the deal in Texas – so the Mets turned to Justin Verlander instead.

So far, the season has not panned out in the way the Rangers would have hoped.


Jacob deGrom throws in the outfield during batting practice before a game against the Baltimore Orioles
Jacob deGrom throws in the outfield during batting practice before a game against the Baltimore Orioles
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DeGrom has made six starts this season, going 2-0 and pitching to a solid 2.67 ERA.

He left an April start against the Yankees after 50 pitches and landed on the IL a day later.

He has thrown a handful of bullpen sessions since, with the most recent being last Wednesday, before he left the team to join his wife as she gave birth to their third child.

It is unclear whether or not he suffered a setback during that session, or at all.

“Jacob will pitch for us, I’m confident of that,” Young said. “I just don’t know the timing. I know the player, the work ethic and the desire. I believe the player knows his body best and knows what his cues are. When there are good days, we take the next step forward.”

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