The concern that New York Mets fans had when news broke that Jacob deGrom had tightness in his shoulder was well-founded.

On Friday, the Mets confirmed reports that deGrom will not throw for roughly four weeks.

Mets fans had some time to process this as a possibility after Thursday’s reports. Despite that, they were left devastated by the news.

The Mets will begin their season on Thursday, April 7 on the road against the Washington Nationals. deGrom was scheduled to be that day’s starting pitcher, though that is obviously not going to happen now.

Before deGrom’s diagnosis, Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that newly-acquired Met Max Scherzer moving up in the rotation to start on Opening Day was likely.

Scherzer opening the season against one of his former teams caught people’s interest.

As far as consolation prizes go, that’s not bad. But deGrom being out is definitely bad news.

deGrom has been baseball’s best pitcher for a few years. Since 2018, he’s posted a 2.35 ERA, 0.96 WHIP an 11.7 K/9 rate and a 5.69 BB/9 rate. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2018 and 2019. deGrom seemed on his way to winning that award (as well as possibly the NL MVP) again in 2021 until injuries sidetracked him. He made his last start of 2021 on July 7, missing the season’s final three months.

[New York Mets]

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