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Monday, August 11, 2014

J. Jaffe: Young pitchers Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia sidelined for Mets

####, it’s like charting a minefield, isn’t it?

the [Mets] announced that Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start due to shoulder soreness, and after a gut-wrenching 7-6 defeat, closer Jenrry Mejia — who blew the save and was charged with the loss — revealed that he has been pitching through a hernia that will require surgery.

The 26-year-old deGrom… barely grazed the major top prospect lists coming into this season, maxing out at No. 10 on Baseball America’s list… When the team decided to move Mejia to the bullpen in mid-May, deGrom got deCall (sorry), and since then, he’s been their best starter.

Through 16 starts and 100 1/3 innings, deGrom’s delivered a 2.87 ERA (124 ERA+), 3.06 FIP, a 22.9-percent strikeout rate and a 75-percent quality start rate, all tops among the team’s starters…

To replace deGrom for Tuesday’s start (and perhaps beyond), Rafael Montero has been recalled from Las Vegas. Considered the organization’s second-best pitching prospect behind Noah Syndergaard, Montero cracked some but not all of the major prospect lists prior to the season, topping out at No. 60 on that of ESPN’s Keith Law but making none of the more recent midseason lists… At Las Vegas — a pitchers’ hell if there ever was one — he’s put up an impressive 3.28 ERA while striking out 9.1 per nine…

Mejia is taking medication to manage the stiffness and discomfort caused by the injury, and hoping to make it through the season under such a regimen before having surgery…

A consensus top-20 prospect at the outset of the season, ​Syndergaard has scuffled this season at Las Vegas, an aggressive assignment for a 21-year-old righty whose 11 starts at Double-A late last year represented his first stint above A-ball. Syndergaard has been touched for a 4.79 ERA at Vegas, though a .388 batting average on balls in play has a whole lot to do with that; his peripherals — 0.8 homers, 2.9 walks and 9.3 strikeouts per nine — are all strong… he’s been in a groove lately, allowing just six runs (three earned) in 22 1/3 innings over his past four starts to lower his ERA from an unsightly 5.70.​

The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:15 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: injuries, jacob degrom, jenrry mejia, matt harvey, mets, noah syndergaard, rafael montero, zack wheeler

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   1. formerly dp Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:59 PM (#4768885)
Looking like Hefner may need a second Tommy John surgery as well.

Really bummed about Mejia and deGrom-- Mejia has been OK in the closer role, but given how many baserunners he allows, not good enough to where they should be writing his name in there for 2015. He, Black, Familia and Torres are walking north of 3 batters per 9...not really a recipe for success.
   2. ursus arctos Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:39 PM (#4768917)
de Grom goes on the DL with "right rotator cuff tendinitis".

It's a curse.
   3. bobm Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4768920)
deGrom to diSabled List

deGrom pitched 38 IP in AAA plus 100 MLB IP. Last year he pitched 147 minor league innings. I guess this settles the question of limiting his innings this season. If he is back in 3 weeks, does he make a few more starts or do they shut him down for the year?
   4. Mark S. is bored Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:31 PM (#4768951)
deGrom pitched 38 IP in AAA plus 100 MLB IP. Last year he pitched 147 minor league innings. I guess this settles the question of limiting his innings this season. If he is back in 3 weeks, does he make a few more starts or do they shut him down for the year?


Assuming the shoulder issue is not major, then let him make a few more starts to get up to 180 or so, then stretch him out to 200+ next year (hopefully).
   5. villainx Posted: August 11, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4768976)
Is deGrom really that good or just lucky, asking cuz of the lack of prospect notice.
   6. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM (#4769123)
deGrom didn't become a pitcher until he was a junior in college and also missed some time because he was out with TJ surgery so it's not surprising that he didn't really get a lot of prospect talk.

Sickels for one mentioned him as a sleeper because he was considered a really good athlete, he had the best pitch you can ask for (a mid-90s sinker), and decent secondary stuff.

I think he has a good shot to be an above average starting assuming of course he stays relatively healthy.

There's zero chance this is going to happen but I wish that would let Mejia start next year.
   7. Lassus Posted: August 11, 2014 at 11:52 PM (#4769133)
####### Christ.
   8. billyshears Posted: August 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM (#4769134)
Tendinitis is basically just another word for sore. This is about the best diagnosis the Mets could have hoped for with deGrom.
   9. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:09 AM (#4769139)
I really should learn to not get too excited about the Mets.
   10. Meatwad stole 3rd base on Lester Posted: August 12, 2014 at 02:09 AM (#4769161)
I like that the cubs are heavy in hitters, pitchers are too risky.
   11. Flynn Posted: August 12, 2014 at 03:06 AM (#4769164)
Literally no more than 10 minutes after saying to a friend that the 2015 Mets are a bat away from being a playoff contender and mentioning deGrom with Harvey and Wheeler, I see this. Christ.
   12. Lassus Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:31 AM (#4769185)
I'll co-sign #8 with news that we are only five games under 500, and only 3.5 games back from the Braves. deGrom will heal up fine, and we'll make a run to cause some pain.
   13. zack Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4769255)
Tendinitis is basically just another word for sore. This is about the best diagnosis the Mets could have hoped for with deGrom.

Nothing with a shoulder is ever good news. It may be nothing, elbow tendinitis can be nothing, but shoulders are scary.

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