Jacob deGrom Scratched From Start vs. Phillies

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Just when it seemed like things were turning around for the Mets, some more bad news.

The Mets scratched Jacob deGrom from his start against the Philllies on Friday night due to what the pitcher said was neck tightness.

DeGrom, 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season, told reporters on Friday that the injury came on suddenly and he hopes that he is not out too long.

“The goal is to throw tomorrow, hopefully get off the mound Sunday or Monday,” he said. “Then to be determined based on how I feel [from there].”

DeGrom said he began feeling the pain earlier in the week and had it checked out on Thursday with an MRI – which came back clean.

“I’ve had some neck tightness before but it never really affected me while throwing,” he said. “This one I can feel when I throw a little bit. It was a plus getting it checked out yesterday – everything structurally is fine. … I feel better today than I did yesterday.”

Right-hander Walker Lockett will get the spot start for the Mets in deGrom’s place.

DeGrom was experiencing a “hot spot” on his right middle finger in his previous start, but he said that had nothing to do with why he was scratched.

“What’s aggravating is this popped out of nowhere,” he said. “I’ve been feeling really good. I don’t know if I slept on it wrong or what. It came by surprise. Really frustrating.”

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