The New York Mets have scratched starting pitcher Jacob deGrom from his scheduled start on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. deGrom will be snt back to New York for an exam on his right shoulder tomorrow, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. deGrom first reported soreness in his shoulder on Friday while throwing a side session after his start against the Nationals on Thursday.
For his part, deGrom says he is not concerned about the injury. deGrom indicated he could probably pitch through the discomfort if necessary, but feels that he is probably better off playing it safe and skipping this start. deGrom has already undergone Tommy John surgery in his career, so he is more used to playing it safe with injuries than other young pitchers.
The Mets have not announced who will start for deGrom on Tuesday, and a lot will depend on the results of the MRI. If it appears as if deGrom will miss only one start, the Mets will likely use Carlos Torres as a spot starter. If deGrom could miss more than one start, the Mets will likely put him on the disabled list and recall a pitcher from the minor leagues to fill in for him. Both of the Mets' top minor league pitching prospects, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard, could be available to make that start if necessary. Montero is scheduled to start for Las Vegas tomorrow, but could be skipped if the Mets need him. Syndergaard is scheduled to start Tuesday, which would line him up perfectly for deGrom's rotation spot. One man who won't be in the mix for Tuesday is Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is close to returning from the disabled list but is scheduled for a rehab appearance on Monday.
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