UPDATE: Jacob deGrom left his first start since suffering right lat inflammation with what the Mets called "right side tightness," which would indicate he was feeling discomfort in the same area as before. The Mets called his removal "precautionary" but we'll have to see how deGrom's body responds to treatment before knowing how long he'll be out, if at all. What follows is the original report.
Jacob deGrom looked frustrated after being forced to leave the New York Mets game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon. It was deGrom's first game back since missing a start with lat soreness, and while he was dominant for much of the day, he was forced to leave after throwing two warm-up pitches before the sixth inning.
The head roll. The resigned nodding. The pursed lips. That's the look of a disappointed player.
We're still awaiting word on why deGrom left, but one has to assume it was injury related considering deGrom only threw 68 pitches. In the game, deGrom pitched five innings, gave up one earned run and struck out six. He reached 100 MPH and higher several times throughout the game. He also walked three batters and seemed out of sorts in the fifth inning. He threw two warm-up pitches prior to the top of the sixth before being pulled.
We will update this post with more information when it becomes available.