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MLB: Mets’ Jacob deGrom (forearm) scratched from Monday start

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New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was scratched from his upcoming Monday start against the Cincinnati Reds due to forearm tightness, manager Luis Rojas said prior to Saturday’s game against the host Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rojas said deGrom experienced issues during Friday’s side throwing session. Rojas said an MRI exam revealed no structural damage.

“He didn’t finish his side,” Rojas said. “We’re evaluating him. He has been getting treatments and we’ll see where he is at. We’re putting him day to day right now.”

The 33-year-old deGrom pulled out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but didn’t reveal anything about soreness in his arm.

But Rojas said he learned Saturday from deGrom that this was the third recent bout of tightness during a throwing session.

“He said he felt it during a side that he threw before the break,” Rojas said. “He played catch at home (during the All-Star break) and felt the tightness again and stopped throwing … and he felt it again Friday.”

For now, deGrom has been shut down with no timetable for a return to throwing.

“Until the tightness is gone, we’re just not going to have him throw,” Rojas said.

The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner is enjoying a season for the ages. He has a 7-2 record and 1.08 ERA in 15 starts and has struck out 146 and allowed just 40 hits in 92 innings.

But the four-time All-Star also has dealt with various health setbacks during the season, including right flexor and right shoulder injuries.

–Field Level Media

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