Mets Taking Jacob deGrom Shoulder Injury 'Day-by-day' After Clean MRI, Rojas Says

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 17, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 16:  Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets walks off the field after the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on June 16, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets may have avoided the worst possible outcome on Jacob deGrom's shoulder injury. 

Manager Luis Rojas said the team will take things "day-by-day" after imaging showed a "normal" shoulder:


As of now, the Mets do not plan to place Jacob deGrom on the IL:<br><br>"We're taking it day-by-day" pic.twitter.com/2m9kJQrFKQ

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com previously reported the team had received "a positive report" on Thursday:

Anthony DiComo @AnthonyDiComo

Update: the Mets received a positive report on Jacob deGrom's shoulder from their medical staff today, a source confirmed. Team hasn't revealed an official diagnosis and is sending deGrom for a second opinion. But the initial outlook is good.

The 32-year-old deGrom left his start Wednesday vs. the Chicago Cubs in the top of the fourth after striking out eight of the nine batters he faced.

"I felt good warming up, felt really good in the first and second innings, then there in the third my shoulder was sore," he told reporters after the 6-3 win. "This is getting old. I want to be out there competing instead of coming out of these games with these little [things]."

He had also left his previous start with flexor tendinitis after six innings.

"I think it's three separate issues," deGrom said of the various injuries he's battled this season. "I think the lat was something to do with the swing. The elbow I didn't think too much of ... I was pretty confident that that was nothing. And I'm pretty confident that this is nothing. We did some tests and ruled out anything serious."

He previously underwent an MRI for his elbow that came back clean, before undergoing an MRI on his shoulder. 

When healthy he's been beyond dominant, going 6-2 with a 0.54 ERA, 0.51 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 67 innings, numbers so good they feel made up. Perhaps they shouldn't be a surprise considering he's a three-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young award winner, but he's been transcendent this season. 

The only thing that has slowed him down are injuries.