Mets' deGrom gets clean MRI on shoulder, no plans for IL

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Jacob deGrom's shoulder showed no abnormalities, but New York was not yet ready to commit to him taking his next turn in the rotation on Sunday against Washington.

DeGrom left his second straight start with an arm injury, coming out after three perfect innings against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night with right shoulder soreness. He had an MRI on Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery that was reviewed by Mets medical director David Altchek and an outside expert.

“We had an MRI taken on him and ran it through two doctors just to have a second opinion, as well, and both doctors had the same prognosis from the imaging: It just shows as a normal shoulder a pitcher would have and there’s no concern,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said.

Rojas said deGrom played catch Thursday.

“We’re just going to take it day by day.” Rojas said. “We’re not thinking on an IL stint or do to anything.”

DeGrom left his June 11 outing against San Diego after six innings because of flexor tendinitis in his right arm. The two-time NL Cy Young Award skipped an outing between April 28 and May 9 due to discomfort in his right lat muscle, then did not pitch against until May 25 while spending time on the injured list with what the Mets said was tightness in his right side.

New York's medical staff concluded the injuries are not related.

“This is not the same thing. It's been three different things,” Rojas said. “They're not connected. One thing is not leading to the other.”

Rojas said there is a chance batting is causing deGrom's issues rather than hitting.

DeGrom is 6-2 with a 0.54 ERA and 111 strikeouts and eight walks in 67 innings.

He is averaging a 99.2 mph with his fastball, the highest among qualified pitchers and well ahead of Miami's Sandy Alcantara, who is second at 97.8 mph.

DeGrom has thrown 65 pitches of 100 mph in first innings since the start of the 2020 season, according to MLB Statcast. Miami's Sixto Sánchez is second with eight.

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Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

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