JUPITER, Florida – Entering the 2022 season with a record payroll and several new talented players, the Mets had high hopes. Perhaps the biggest reason for this revolved around the stars of pitchers Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, the leader of what was supposed to be one of the best starting rotations in baseball.
But six days before the opening day in Washington on April 7 – a task to be given to deGrom, a two-time Cy Young Award winner – the Mets were shaken. On Friday, the day after the team first learned that his ace was dealing with shoulder-throwing discomfort, the Mets announced he could miss the entire April.
Diagnosis after magnetic resonance imaging examination on Friday morning: a stress reaction (considered a precursor to a stress fracture) in the right shoulder blade that caused inflammation. The Mets said deGrom will not cast for up to four weeks and then have another MRI
“He’s disappointed,” Mets general manager Billy Eppler said as his team played against St. Louis. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game in Jupiter, Florida. “We are disapointed.”
DeGrom’s injury comes at a critical moment not only for the Mets but also for himself. After winning the Cy Young Awards National League in 2018 and 2019, deGrom appeared on the right track to win another one in 2021. But after keeping its earned average at 1.08 in 92 innings until July, deGrom missed the last three months of the season with the right Elbow Injury – a terrifying offer for every thrower, especially for the one who operated on Tommy John in 2010 and a separate operation to repair nerve damage in the elbow in 2016.
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DeGrom, 33, signed up for this spring training healthy and, clearly with the goal of having a dominant season, announced that he plans to use the clause in his five-year contract extension of 137.5 million dollars, which allowed him to give up after the 2022 season.
Asked how much time he expected DeGrom to miss, Eppler said it was hard to say and that the time frame depended on DeGrom’s cure. Eppler said deGrom could feel better in less than four weeks, but based on what the MRI found, a month is a reasonable waiting period before undergoing another.
If deGrom continues to throw in four weeks, he will still have to get back in shape. A guideline for beginner pitchers is that for each missed week, another week is needed to raise the arm and body, so the deGrom could face at least two months.
Reactions to shoulder throw stress have previously haunted other pitchers, such as Michael Wacha and Brandon McCarthy, sometimes on multiple occasions. Reacting to the news of DeGrom’s injury, retired McCarthy wrote on Twitter: “Since this injury should technically bear my name, I can say that this is really not a big deal. Not as big as it seems. He will be fine. “
Eppler said that DeGrom’s injury developed over time and that doctors determined that the rest of the thrower’s shoulders were healthy. He and Mets manager Buck Showalter said they have no idea if this year’s delayed and shortened spring training led to DeGrom’s injury.
“It would be easy to blame,” Showalter said, and then said of other injuries across baseball: “We all work under the same. You see a lot of them happening. ”
Although Scherzer, 37, a three-time Cy Young award winner lured by the Mets this winter with a record three-year $ 130 million contract, seemed like an obvious choice to replace deGroma on opening day, Showalter said he wanted to talk to other front office members before the announcement decisions.
Among the less proven options for filling the rotation hole: Tylor Megill, David Peterson and Trevor Williams. Eppler said he feels good about the depth of rotation the Mets have already collected. After Scherzer in rotation, the Mets have veterans pitchers Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker and Chris Bassitt, who they bought in exchange last month.
“The sky isn’t falling,” Showalter said at the end of Friday’s game, which was briefly interrupted by wet weather. “It’s raining.”