The Mets announced yesterday that deGrom will be shut down for 4 weeks after the MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right scapula. An early-mid June return is most likely if his recovery goes like plan.
The Mets will send out a rotation with Bassitt and Scherzer at the top. Scherzer will likely make the opening day start. Walker and Carrasco need to step up and improve from last season. The last spot will be given to either Tylor Megill, Trevor Williams or lefty David Peterson.
This is obviously a big blow for the Mets and their fans. Losing your ace is hard on every team. Still, this team is a solid ball club and with the extra postseason spots, this team should stay in the race until deGrom gets back.
According to Jacob Resnick the Mets are calling up Wilfredo Tovar to replace Kevin Pillar on the roster. Catcher Deivy Grullón is DFA’d to make room on the 40 man roster.
This will be the third stint with the Mets big league club for Tovar as he played briefly for the 2013 and 2014 Mets. Over 40 MLB games, the shortstop has hit .188 with a .478 OPS.
Tovar has played a very limited time at second, third, left and first since 2018, so he is at least capable of playing numerous positions. If needed the Mets can also move Peraza or Villar to the outfield, as they both have some experience in the outfield.
Catcher Deivy Grullón, who the Mets claimed off waivers in the off-season, is the unfortunate victim off all the injuries as a 40 man roster move needed to be made, with the Mets cleary not carrying 4 catchers on the bench.
Mets top OF prospect, and 2020 first round pick, Pete Crow-Armstrong will undergo shoulder surgery on his right shoulder for a GLAD (glenoid labral articular distruption) lesion.
19 year old PCA made an impressive professional debut in A league for St. Lucie, going .417/.563/.500 with 4 RBI 7 BB and 6 K and 6R in 24 AB. It is unclear as to how long he will be out and if he will miss the entire season, but I appears to be at least a couple months before he will see some baseball action again.
The Mets put Dellin Betances on the IL with right shoulder impingement. The tall rightly pitch one inning yesterday, were he allowed one run. Betances hasn’t looked good all spring with limited velo on his pitches.
The Mets brought up Trevor Hildenberger, who had a terrific spring. The sidearming righty allowed one run in 3.1 innings of work. Of his 10 outs, 9 were strike outs.
Trevor Hildenberger struck out the side today, and now has six strikeouts in two Grapefruit League innings.
Here's a look at the sidearm delivery of Hildenberger, who is trying to make the team as a non-roster invitee. pic.twitter.com/wtkvgVKtXa
According to Steve Gelbs, Carlos Carrasco will be shut down for a couple of days with Elbow Soreness. He is still expected to throw to live batters next week.
In the light of the news, Luis Rojas mentioned Yamamoto, Eickhoff as possible rotation options, if Carrasco won’t be ready for his first start. Most likely solution would likely be Peterson and Lucchesi making starts.
While going through his normal throwing progression during the offseason, a bone spur had broken off at some point. Inflammation that wouldn’t subside recently caused Lugo to inform the Mets’ medical staff of the situation and they ordered an MRI, which took place on Friday.