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Jacob deGrom close up vs Cards, spring training

Jacob deGrom close up vs Cards, spring training

Mets ace Jacob deGrom spoke to reporters on Sunday morning for the first time since the team announced he will miss Opening Day due to a stress reaction in his right scapula.

“Yeah I mean I’m really frustrated,” deGrom said. “Like I said, I came into camp feeling really good, felt like my elbow and shoulder were in a good spot, and then to hear a stress reaction in the bone was definitely something I was not expecting. Level of frustration is really high right now.”

DeGrom went on to explain that he isn’t sure how the injury happened, and that he felt prepared to pitch a full year after a strong offseason.

“That’s something that I’ve been trying to figure out,” deGrom said. “I felt like I put myself in a good spot this offseason to be ready to make 30-plus starts. So I’d be guessing if I said exactly what happened. I tossed around, short ramp-up. I haven’t pitched competitively in what 10 months, if you really looked at it that way. But that would be a guess if I said exactly what happened.”

DeGrom added that doctors said his shoulder looked as good as it did from previous MRIs, and that once the bone heals, he’ll be ready to get back on the mound.

“Like I said, I felt good. Through my bullpen I felt good,” deGrom said. “Then I went to play catch and felt a little something in my shoulder. Honestly I was expecting to hear, ‘take a couple of days off and you’ll be ready to go.’ But talking to the doctors about it and it being bone, they said as far as that, once it heals it’s healed and then be ready to go. We’re asking them how my shoulder looked overall, and they said it looks the same from previous MRIs and that part looks good, I guess that’s the only plus that came out of this.”

The two-time Cy Young Award winner then confirmed that he still plans to opt-out of his contract at the end of the season, despite his most recent injury. He’s set to make $33.5 million this season, and if he were to opt-in for the 2023 season he’d make $30.5 million and the Mets would have a club option to pick up for the 2024 season at $32.5 million, per Spotrac.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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