September 17th, 2016
Or any time soon for that matter:
I’m a huge Jacob deGrom fan, and this news is really depressing. I was hoping that deGrom was going to be able to combat the soreness that he was been battling since mid-August, and even blogged about it this morning.
However, on a relatively nice Saturday afternoon, Sandy Alderson revealed that “Jake just had issues with ulnar nerve in his right elbow, not unusual following Tommy John surgery,” “He threw BP yesterday, felt great, shagged in outfield, threw ball and had some pain. Unlikely to pitch tomorrow and the rest of season. We will see. It’s likely to require surgical repair, not significant procedure, as far as risk going forward.”
The procedure, called “Ulnar Nerve Surgery”, is already scaring fans, as it sounds like a surgery similar to Tommy John, which could keep deGrom out until the 2018 season, however, Adam Rubin, a staff writer for ESPN, and ESPN’s Mets Beat Writer, explains that it is a considerably lighter surgery:
Doctors move the nerve and you no longer have that “funny bone” feeling behind the pitching elbow. The issue is caused because the nerve pops out of the track it sits in and causes irritation. – Adam Rubin
Rubin also revealed that deGrom should be ready for Spring Training.
Jacob will try to do something Sunday he hasn’t been able to do since August 13th: Have an acceptable start.
Acceptable is very vague, but in my eyes, 5 innings pitched with three or less runs is an “acceptable” start.
Unfortunately, deGrom has really struggled in the last month. He’s lost velocity, had high pitch counts, skipped starts, had soreness, and overall does not seem comfortable the deGrom we know.
Now, with three starts off, Jacob is going to re-enter the rotation, facing the worst team in Major League Baseball, the Twins.
If deGrom has another poor start, I’m not really sure where to go with him. Jacob has always been able to re-bound when he has a bad stretch like this, and he seems to have one every year, but there is no doubt that this has been a prolonged bad stretch, and I’m hoping that this Sunday is the start of a good stretch that leads into the postseason.