PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom, the Mets’ greatest pitcher, returned on Sunday from a brief stint on the 10-day disabled listing for a hyperextended throwing elbow. He didn’t make it to the second inning.
DeGrom virtually pitched final Monday, earlier than the Mets, who overhauled their medical practices in the low season after one other injury-plagued season, determined to be extra cautious. That perspective guided the Mets (19-18) once more on Sunday, after they pulled deGrom after only one laborious inning of a Four-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I was kind of surprised, honestly,” deGrom stated. “I definitely would’ve liked to go back out there. The reasoning, I understand, but who wants to pitch one inning as a starter?”
While the Mets have been cautious with deGrom, they’ve allowed their strongest hitter, left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, to play via proper quadriceps discomfort. In the sixth inning, he smashed a solo house run, however he moved gingerly after beating out an infield hit and after catching a ball in the outfield.
In the top, the Mets misplaced due to a seventh-inning, three-run house run by pinch-hitter Nick Williams, a left-handed hitter, off Paul Sewald, a right-handed reduction pitcher in his second inning of labor. The Mets had Jerry Blevins, a left-hander, warming up the bullpen, and he in the end didn’t seem in the sport. It was the Mets’ ninth loss in 11 video games.
“We had to get Blevins going in case we were in dire need and Paul looked like he was struggling,” Mets Manager Mickey Callaway stated. “I didn’t feel like that was the case.”
Rain delayed Sunday’s sport an hour. A mixture of deGrom’s uneven command and the pesky Phillies hitters pushed his first-inning pitch depend to 45. He walked the primary three batters to load the bases, and the Phillies fouled off 20 pitches.
DeGrom didn’t permit a success or run, and escaped with two strikeouts and a putout at house plate. After that, Callaway turned the sport over to the bullpen, which can have 4 days off in eight days.
Normally, the Mets announce what damage led to a participant’s early exit throughout a sport. Perhaps fearing the potential response over the uncertainty, the Mets introduced that deGrom was not eliminated due to an damage however quite as a precaution, citing the excessive pitch depend. Later, Callaway pointed to the latest disabled listing stint.
“We didn’t feel good sending him back out,” Callaway stated. “We can’t do that to anybody. That’s a lot of pitches for one inning.”
There was undoubtedly going to be some rust for deGrom, who final pitched in a sport on May 2, when he hyperextended his proper elbow when he struck out on the plate.
Examinations on deGrom’s elbow, which has beforehand undergone two surgical procedures, confirmed no new injury, and he was cleared to make his subsequent begin. But the Mets switched gears final weekend as a result of they deemed it not definitely worth the danger and wished their greatest pitcher to throw an extended bullpen session. Command, and never well being, was his undoing on Sunday.
DeGrom stated he would have favored to hone his command in a second inning, however admitted throwing 45 pitches in one inning “might be harder” than 100 in a whole begin.
After coping with many accidents over the earlier three seasons, the Mets beefed up their medical operation. Injuries are unavoidable in a 162-game season, and the Mets have had a number of already: third baseman Todd Frazier (hamstring pressure); reduction pitchers Anthony Swarzak (indirect pressure) and Hansel Robles (knee sprain); and catchers Travis d’Arnaud (Tommy John surgical procedure) and Kevin Plawecki (fractured hand).
The Mets stated they’ve been proactive in some circumstances: with deGrom and with Frazier, who went on the disabled listing quickly after minor hamstring discomfort worsened final week. But Cespedes, who has a historical past of leg accidents, has began all however one sport since his quadriceps discomfort first emerged on May 6.
Callaway stated over the weekend that Cespedes has wished to play and estimated that he was taking part in at “probably 85 percent” well being. He stated gamers play via minor aches and pains typically, however he stated the Mets believed it was obligatory to have Cespedes’s potent bat in a sputtering lineup.
John Ricco, the Mets’ assistant common supervisor, stated the crew mentioned the problem with the medical workers and Cespedes, and didn’t imagine he warranted a visit to the disabled listing.
“We’re not throwing caution to the wind here,” Ricco stated. “We’re examining that and talking through it. We feel that we have confidence in that performance staff and we’re going to make rational decisions. Are we going to be right 100 percent of the time? No. But we have to make decisions based on the information we have.”