RHP Jacob deGrom underwent an MRI on Friday and it was determined he has no structural damage in his arm but has right forearm soreness and is expected to miss his next start, the team announced.
Latest update (5:10 p.m. Sept. 4)
Terry Collins told reporters there's a good chance Jacob deGrom will miss multiple starts and not just one, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
Collins said that deGrom is taking four days of medicine to "see if it can calm done" and will be rechecked Wednesday. When asked if deGrom would miss two starts, Collins said it's "very possible."
The Mets said deGrom will take medication for the soreness and will start pitching again when the pain goes down.
After Friday's game, deGrom spoke to reporters and said he believes he'll pitch again this season.
"I wasn't really that worried about it," deGrom said of the MRI, according to Newsday's Laura Albanese. "It showed a little inflammation, but I think that might be maybe from having bad mechanics."
Previous reports and reaction
Terry Collins avoided questions from reporters Friday about deGrom's health and when the pitcher will make his next start.
DeGrom said he's not hurt after losing his third straight start in Thursday's 6-4 loss, during which he allowed three runs, six hits and four walks in five innings.
In the moments after deGrom left Thursday's game, he called for head athletic trainer Ray Ramirez to join him in the tunnel leading from the dugout to the clubhouse. Collins said after the game he was not aware of the meeting when asked about it by reporters.
However, on Friday, Collins said there was a reason for the meeting, but that he was not at liberty to discuss it with media.
"We know about it, but we can't talk about it just yet," he explained, when asked to elaborate. "I have nothing to say at this time about Jake."
DeGrom had been 7-5 with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP as of Aug. 13. But over his last three starts since Aug. 18, deGrom is 0-3 with a 9.82 ERA and 2.59 WHIP, allowing 16 runs, 31 hits and seven walks over his last 14 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .443 against him in that span.
"I can't throw the ball where I want right now," deGrom said after last night's game. "I've got to figure that out. ... I feel fine. ... I think it's mechanical."
Collins did say he expects Steven Matz will resume throwing on Monday in Port St. Lucie after the team leaves New York for Cincinnati.
Matz was unable to return from the disabled list this past week because of a continued pain and stiffness in his shoulder.
It's bad news every day here. It's crazy. I have no idea what is happening with deGrom, but this doesn't sound good. It would be very easy for Collins to say when deGrom will next start or that he's fine, or simply punt and play dumb. But, he didn't. He alluded to something going on and it would obviously be bad. I'm hoping it's minor, and all he does is miss a start. But, with the way things have been going this season, I suppose anything is possible at this point. It's unbelievable...
By the way, Matz didn't throw his bullpen session Thursday. So, it stands to reason that, if he's going to return to the rotation, it won't be until at least the middle or end of next week.