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Report: Mets' Jacob deGrom Not Expected to Be Placed on IL After Back Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

New York Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom left Sunday's start versus the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning with an injury described by the team as tightness "in his lower back area on the right side."  

Anthony DiComo @AnthonyDiComo

Breaking news: Jacob deGrom is departing today's game alongside trainer Brian Chicklo. The two met on the mound before the top of the sixth inning, chatted, and then deGrom exited.

SNY @SNYtv

Jacob deGrom has left the game: https://t.co/LPVNJmioMx

Per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, deGrom left the game for "precautionary reasons."

SNY @SNYtv

Luis Rojas on Jacob deGrom's reaction to having side tightness today: "He was down. He wanted to pitch through it, but he did the right thing." https://t.co/nR1jfPWpdy

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Monday morning that deGrom is not expected to be placed on the IL following an MRI:

Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

One clarification: A short-term IL stay remains possible, since skipping one start roughly equates to the minimum stay of 10 days, but the main news on deGrom is that the evaluation yesterday did not discover a serious or long-term injury. @MLB @MLBNetwork https://t.co/3T3uE6DZ8t

This is not the first setback for the right-hander this season, as he also missed time with right side tightness earlier this month. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported at the time that the side issue "isn't believed to be serious." It's unclear if Sunday's issue is related to that injury.

Any injury to deGrom is sure to raise concern in New York considering how important he is to the team.

He is a two-time Cy Young winner and three-time All-Star who led MLB with a 1.70 ERA during the 2018 campaign. He made 12 starts during the shortened 2020 campaign and finished with a 2.38 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 104 strikeouts in 68 innings.

DeGrom continued that dominance in 2021 with a ridiculous 0.51 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 35 innings entering Sunday's start.

While the Mets will be hard-pressed to replicate deGrom's impact if he is sidelined following this setback, they still have Marcus Stroman to anchor the rotation and Taijuan Walker, David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi as depth.

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