Mets’ deGrom pulled from start with elbow issue

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New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom was pulled after six scoreless innings Friday night with right flexor tendinitis, but the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner said he isn’t concerned by the diagnosis in continuation of his dominant start to the 2021 season.

DeGrom faced the minimum against the San Diego Padres and had thrown just 80 pitches before being lifted. Manager Luis Rojas met with deGrom in the dugout after the sixth and shook his hand, signaling his night was done. He struck out 10 batters and allowed only a single off the bat of San Diego’s Wil Myers. He lowered his ERA to 0.56 this season.

New York announced the elbow injury two innings later.

DeGrom, speaking after the game, said he felt the elbow issue in between starts this week. He said it tightened up on him in the sixth inning, leading to his exit.

“I am not too concerned about it because it did not get much worse as the game went on,” he said. “Whenever you say elbow, everybody gets nervous about that. I am not too worried about it. Hopefully it’s something we can treat.”

DeGrom tore the ligament in his pitching elbow as a minor leaguer in 2010, and he said “this didn’t feel anything like that.” He said team trainers did several ligament tests and that everything checked out well. He added that he’s hopeful he can make his next scheduled start.

The Mets led 3-0 when deGrom left the game, in part because of his two-run single off Padres lefty Blake Snell in the fifth. DeGrom has now driven in five runs as a hitter this season. As a pitcher, he has allowed just four earned runs in 64 innings to begin the campaign.

DeGrom’s seventh strikeout gave him 100 on the season. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, that is the fewest innings by a starter to reach 100 strikeouts in a single season since the mound moved to its current distance in 1893.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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