After being scratched from his last start with right lat inflammation, everything appeared to be going well for Jacob deGrom on Sunday — until he began warming up in the sixth inning.
After two warmup pitches, the Mets right-hander was evaluated by the medical staff and left Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks with what the team announced was "right side tightness."
The Mets said deGrom was removed as a precautionary reason.
"Right side tightness" is how the Mets described deGrom's injury last week when he was scratched from his start before an MRI revealed inflammation in the lat.
Following the game, which the Mets won 4-2, manager Luis Rojas said that deGrom will undergo another MRI, but added that he believes this tightness is lower on the back and is separate from the inflammation in his lat.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been putting together yet another impressive season and had thrown four perfect innings against the Diamondbacks, before allowing a run in the fifth, lowering his MLB-best ERA to a microscopic 0.68.
But deGrom did not look like himself, especially in the fifth inning. He began missing his spots and walked three batters in the inning — something he has not done in three years — which led to Arizona’s first run of the game.
Prior to being given the green light to start on Sunday, deGrom played catch multiple times and threw a bullpen session without issue this week.