Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
On Monday the New York Mets announced that starting pitcher, Jacob deGrom, would be heading to the DL with rotator cuff tendonitis.
deGrom began experiencing some shoulder pain after his last start against the Washington Nationals on August 7th, and will be sidelined for about the next two weeks. The reigning NL Rookie of the Month has been one of the steadier performers on the Mets all season, so his loss will be felt.
Manager Terry Collins was happy when he received the diagnosis, saying, “I’m very relieved. Actually, that’s about as good as you could hope for, if that was all it’s going to be. We’ll give him a little downtime to get some energy and some strength back in his arm and be ready for the last month.
Collins expects deGrom to miss only two starts and possibly return for the weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers August 22nd-24th.
Rafael Montero will be called up and make those two starts in place of deGrom. This will be Montero’s second stint with major league club this season, as he made four starts in May. Montero struggled a bit, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA, walking 11 batters in 20 innings to go with 17 strikeouts.
The Mets believe Montero has regained his control since recovering from an oblique injury, and the evidence is in the performance. Montero will be returning to the big week club fresh off a Player of the Week award, tossing 14 2/3 scoreless innings and allowing only four hits and four walks while striking out 17. He will make the start Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals.