The MRI results for Jacob deGrom are in, and it appears the New York Mets dodged a bullet. The exam revealed that deGrom has rotator cuff tendonitis in his right shoulder, which deGrom reported as sore while playing catch last Friday. While there is no structural damage to the shoulder, the Mets will stay play it safe and place deGrom on the 15 day disabled list. Rafael Montero will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and will start tomorrow night against the Washington Nationals.
deGrom will reportedly need only medication and rest to recover, a big break for the Mets. deGrom has been one of the team's better players this season, and losing him for a long term injury would have been a major blow. deGrom will likely be allowed to rest until he is completely pain free, and it makes sense with the Mets still under .500 and not in a real playoff race at the moment.
The decision to promote Montero again from Las Vegas also makes sense. Montero struggled when he first came up back in May, but he has pitched very well for the 51's of late. Montero was named the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week last week. Montero has posted a very respectable 3.28 ERA in the PCL and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings down there, so it looks like he is ready to seize his second chance in Flushing.
There was also some other injury news to report with Mets' pitchers.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka made a rehab start with the St. Lucie Mets today, but he won't be activated from the disabled list right away. Mets' skipper Terry Collins told reporters prior to today's game with the Philadelphia Phillies. Matsuzaka will make another appearance or two with Port St. Lucie before he is considered for a return.
- Jeremy Hefner got very bad news from doctors after an exam in New York. Hefner suffered a forearm fracture and has re-torn his ulnar collateral ligament, Mets' Assistant GM John Ricco told reporters Monday. Hefner could be facing a second Tommy John surgery after undergoing the procedure last August. Hefner appeared in a few minor league rehab games before re-injuring himself, and is reportedly seeking a second opinion. Either way, this is a terrible turn of events for Hefner.
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