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Mets’ Jacob deGrom to have MRI on right elbow

New York’s ace says his arm was ‘barking’ after all playing catch

MLB: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Mets ace Jacob deGrom will undergo an MRI on His right elbow on Saturday after telling manager Mickey Callaway that his elbow was “barking” following a game of catch, Callaway told reporters, including Tim Healey of Newsday.

deGrom, the reigning NL Cy Young winner, was with the Mets in St. Louis for their series with the Cardinals on Friday, but he flew back to New York for Saturday’s exam. Callaway said the Mets are doing this as a precaution.

deGrom was supposed to start for the Mets on Saturday. The Mets have yet to announce who will take his place.

The Mets and their fans are hoping this injury is nothing serious. After all, deGrom had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2010.

Plus, they don’t want to lose deGrom for the season after signing the 30-year-old to a five-year, $137.5 million extension on March 26. deGrom is coming off an excellent 2018 season in which he posted a stellar 1.70 ERA with 269 strikeouts in 217 innings on his way to claiming his first Cy Young award. This year, deGrom is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA with 36 Ks and only seven walks in 22 innings of work across four starts.