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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."  

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

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

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.

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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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