Over the weekend, the New York Mets announced that pitcher Jacob deGrom was headed to New York to have his sore shoulder examined. The results are in…
deGrom on DL; tendonitis in rotator cuff. Just rest and anti inflammatories. Montero up.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 11, 2014
Ugh. Not what Mets fans wanted to hear. deGrom has been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season. But there are a couple of positives here.
DeGrom's diagnosis isn't good, but could have been much worse. Mets catching things early is big positive.
— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) August 11, 2014
Imagine if the rotator cuff was torn. That would require surgery and deGrom would definitely not return this season. The Mets have at least temporarily caught a break here. (Wait. The Mets caught a break?)
The other positive is that the Mets have recalled Rafael Montero. In 20 innings with the Mets, he’s 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.600 WHIP. No, those aren’t pretty numbers, but the Mets #6 prospect (according to MLB Pipeline) has been dealing fairly well in the minors. Across three levels (R, A+, AAA), Montero is 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in 80 innings pitched (17 starts). He has struck out 82 opponents while walking 33.
Montero will likely start tomorrow night’s game (originally slated to be a start by deGrom) against the Washington Nationals.
For this season, deGrom has 16 starts of which 12 have been quality starts (75%). He owns a 6-5 record with a 2.87 ERA and 1.226 WHIP. He has pitched 100.1 innings, striking out 94 while walking 33.