One week into the season, the heralded New York Mets starting rotation is having health issues.
Jacob deGrom, the 2014 N.L. Rookie of the Year, will miss his scheduled start Wednesday against Miami because of a sore muscle in his right side. The Mets said Sunday he will be replaced by Logan Verrett.
DeGrom won the Mets’ home opener Friday against Philadelphia, allowing one run and five hits over six innings during a 7-2 victory. DeGrom came out as a precaution after 76 pitches because his latissimus dorsi was tight.
“I would say it’s quite a bit better today,” deGrom said Sunday. “I think we’re going to err on the side of caution, though, this early in the season.”
He is part of a formidable group of young Mets starters that includes Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. Zack Wheeler is also due back from Tommy John surgery this summer.
“In a perfect world with no injuries, we’ve got a nice-looking pitching staff,” manager Terry Collins said. “They can certainly all have an issue where we’ve got to regroup and adjust, and that’s what we’re going to have to do on Wednesday. It does show you nothing is etched in stone.”
DeGrom did not throw his scheduled bullpen session Sunday.
DeGrom said he has not undergone any scans and he thinks he will miss only one turn.
“We’re pretty happy with how it’s improving already,” he said.
DeGrom could also head home to Florida if his wife goes into labor.
“We’re still waiting on that call,” he said. “What are we? Five days late now. The call would be nice.”
Clearing the bases
South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim ended a difficult week by getting his first start in the major leagues on Sunday and he got two infield hits against the Tampa Bay Rays before leaving for a pinch runner in the seventh inning of Baltimore’s 5-3 victory. … Braves right-hander Dan Winkler broke elbow throwing a pitch against St. Louis. After missing most of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Winkler threw a pitch in the seventh inning and immediately left the mound, holding his right arm to his chest. … The Rangers have placed right fielder Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf muscle and catcher Robinson Chirinos on the 60-day DL because of a broken right forearm. Replacing them are Nomar Mazara and catcher Brett Nicholas. … Cleveland’s game with the Chicago White Sox was postponed, the Indians third cancellation of opening week, and will be made up on May 23 as part of a traditional doubleheader that will begin at 4:10 p.m. … Detroit’s game with the Yankess was postponed. The teams aren’t scheduled to meet again in Detroit this season and no makeup has been announced.
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