While the New York Mets announced the return of Noah Syndergaard to the mound, ace Jacob deGrom will not be making another start as the 2021 season nears its end.
Manager Luis Rojas confirmed the decision as the Mets play out the final few games of the year in what was a very disappointing season after media and fan expectations had the Mets finishing in first place in the NL East.
Despite deGrom meeting all the criteria that was set for him to return to the mound in 2021, Rojas felt no need to get another start out of the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
“There’s no sense to [him pitching again this year]. But he did check all the boxes, and it was something we wanted to see that he’s all good,” Rojas said. “For him to go in the offseason and work on his normal things and come back in spring training like he does and get ready to compete, that’s the main thing for us.”
DeGrom hasn’t pitched in a game since early July due to right forearm tightness that led to elbow inflammation.
“Everyone is fully on board [with the decision],” Rojas said. “There wasn’t any pull more than others, it’s just the right thing." Rojas said. "I think coming back in spring training, he’ll be the Jake that we all know.”
DeGrom was easily the best pitcher in the MLB before his injury. He led the league with a 1.08 ERA, 146 strikeouts in 92 innings of work, a 0.554 WHIP, and 14.3 strikeouts-per-nine-innings mark. Although he had a historic start to the year, the pitcher will not qualify for any award.