"I'm calm about it," deGrom said (ESPN, Aug. 10). "I don't think it's anything serious. I can probably go out there and pitch with it right now, but I think, just talking to them, at this time of the year, it's not really worth pushing it."
DeGrom said he first felt sore the day after his last start, then again Saturday while throwing on flat ground.
Carlos Torres(ESPN, Aug. 10), Noah Syndergaard and Rafeal Montero (Puma, Aug. 10) could all be possible spot starters, depending on how much time deGrom will miss.
According to Ricco, deGrom likely would have needed to skip a start at some point soon anyway, since he is quickly approaching his innings limit for the year, which Sandy Alderson has said will be some place around 180-185 innings.
DeGrom is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts for the Mets this season.