Mets’ Jacob deGrom leaves start with elbow injury, but doesn’t sound too concerned

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Uh-oh. Jacob deGrom delivered another dazzling performance against the Padres Friday night at Citi Field, facing the minimum 18 batters with 10 punch-outs over six breathtaking innings. The Mets ace also chipped in with a two-run single off former Cy Young winner Blake Snell, giving him more RBI (five) than earned runs allowed this season (four). To the surprise of many, deGrom didn’t take the mound for the seventh inning despite having just 80 pitches on his odometer. Well, now we know the reason why, and Mets fans aren’t going to like it.

It’s possible the Mets were simply being conservative with their golden goose deGrom, who lowered his ERA to a ridiculous 0.56 with Friday’s effort, though flexor tendon injuries tend to be risky business and can sometimes be a precursor for the dreaded Tommy John surgery, a procedure he’s already undergone once. The right-hander endured a brief stint on the injured list earlier this year, missing two weeks with “right side tightness” in mid-May.

For his part, deGrom didn’t sound overly concerned, relaying to ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he’ll receive treatment for inflammation in hopes of making his next start five days from now against the Cubs. The 32-year-old’s initial optimism is certainly an encouraging sign, though obviously it’s too early to determine his status going forward. The Mets held on for a 3-2 victory in Friday’s series opener, maintaining a four-game lead over the second-place Phillies in the NL East.

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