Jacob deGrom sits out of Texas Rangers first spring workout with tightness as $185m acquisition will ‘be held from throwing for a day or two’ as a precaution – after injuries hindered the end of his New York Mets spell
An all-too-common sight that New York Mets fans got used to reared its ugly head again when superstar pitcher Jacob deGrom was held out of his first spring workouts with his new team – the Texas Rangers.
This comes as pitchers and catchers begin reporting to Spring Training and preparation for the upcoming MLB season gets underway.
Texas decided to hold back the two-time Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday because their top free-agent acquisition felt some tightness in his left side.
Each of deGrom’s past two seasons with the New York Mets were shortened substantially by injuries, but Rangers general manager Chris Young insisted the decision to hold out deGrom was precautionary.
It was an unusually chilly day in Arizona and some fields were slick from overnight rain.
Newly minted Texas Ranger Jacob deGrom will sit out his first workouts in Spring Training
‘It’s as much about it being Day 1 of spring training as anything,’ Young said. ‘He’s been throwing. His arm feels great.’
Young said deGrom, who signed a $185 million, five-year deal in December, wanted to participate in the first workout of spring training.
The GM said deGrom has already thrown about six bullpen sessions, and he felt tightness after his latest bullpen a few days ago.
‘Nothing major, but having him come in today with the weather conditions, I made the decision that we’re going to hold him off from throwing for a day or two until we can treat him and things return to normal,’ said Young, a former big league pitcher. ‘We wanted to make sure that we play things slowly.’
The 34-year-old deGrom spent the first nine years of his big league career with the Mets.
During that time, he put up a career 2.52 ERA in New York in 209 games started with a career win-loss record of 82-57.
deGrom suffered a series of injuries throughout his previous tenure with the New York Mets
Rangers GM Chris Young (R) said deGrom had felt tightness after some bullpen sessions
Before missing the final three months of the 2021 season with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow, he had a career-low 1.08 ERA over 92 innings.
The right-hander was then shut down late in spring training last year because of a stress reaction in his right scapula and didn´t make his first big-league start until Aug. 2.
He went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA over 64 1/3 innings in 11 starts, then opted out of a $30.5 million deal to become a free agent for the first time.
Over the past three seasons from 2020-2022, deGrom started only 38 games due to COVID shortened seasons and injuries. That came after three straight seasons of at least 31 starts from 2017-2019.
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Jacob deGrom sits out of Texas Rangers first spring workout with tightness as $185m acquisition will ‘be held from throwing for a day or two’ as a precaution – after injuries hindered the end of his New York Mets spell By Jake Fenner For Dailymail.Com Published: 08:44 EST, 16 February 2023 | Updated: 08:45 EST, …
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