PITTSBURGH (AP) – The New York Mets will put right-hander Jacob deGrom on the 10-day injured list with right forearm strain, manager Luis Rojas announced on Sunday.
The Mets ace first experienced the tension ahead of the All-Star game and determined on Friday that he would not be able to make the scheduled start on Sunday. Taijuan Walker will replace him against Pittsburgh.
DeGrom had an MRI on Friday which confirmed the problem is in his forearm and there is no structural damage to his elbow. Rojas said the injury was unrelated to the forearm flexor injury suffered by deGrom earlier this season.
“I’m frustrated,” deGrom said. “I don’t know what else to say. I guess that’s good news anytime structurally everything looks good, but… the frustration level is really high now.
He has also struggled with back, hip and shoulder injuries this season, but maintained a better 1.08 ERA in the major leagues.
The Mets have not announced a corresponding deal and Rojas said the team does not yet have a plan for who will start the first two games of a series in Cincinnati starting Monday.
The IL relay will be backdated. He will be eligible to return on July 25, in the middle of an 18-game 17-day streak for the Mets.
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