Jacob deGrom, when he has been healthy this year, has been an absolute revelation on the mound. Through 15 starts this season, he has been worth a staggering 4.9 rWAR for the Mets with a 1.08 ERA with 146 strikeouts against just 11 walks in 92 innings this year. That isn’t just good, those are video game numbers.
Unfortunately, with that greatness has come weird, unexplained nagging injuries that have bothered him throughout the course of the year. He missed a little bit of time earlier this year, but came back pretty quickly as all of his tests came back good. Recently, the same thing has happened where he has been having soft issue issues and problems with his arm, but all of the scans that the Mets medical staff (which, admittedly, has a spotty track record at best) have done don’t show any issues.
That said, it looks like the Mets are shutting deGrom down for now.
Breaking: The Mets are putting Jacob deGrom on the IL.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) July 18, 2021
His right forearm is still tight. He won’t throw until that goes away.
There isn’t a timeline for deGrom’s return since, to be blunt, it isn’t known what is wrong with him. With the test results he has gotten in the past, the Mets have been more than willing to run him back out there to let him play through it instead of skipping him in the rotation or anything like that. Now, it looks like they finally realize that he is going to need some real time off to get healthy again. How long that takes and what that means for the team in 2021 is anyone’s guess at this point.