Glass-body ace Jacob deGrom’s (34-Texas Rangers) promise to play 30+ games a year may be in jeopardy.
The Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB) announced today (April 6) that they have placed him on the 60-day disabled list (IL).
DeGrom started on April 29 against the New York Yankees before leaving the game in the fourth inning with forearm tightness, and was placed on the 15-day DL the following day.
After rehabbing for about a month, DeGrom appeared to be on track to make his return on May 27, throwing 31 pitches out of the bullpen.
“DeGrom was scheduled to return this week after making a progress check on his injury,” MLB.com reported, “but he wasn’t able to throw as planned.”
DeGrom is considered one of the best right-handed fastball pitchers in the game. But there’s a catch. He has to be healthy.
After winning back-to-back National 메이저놀이터 League Cy Young Awards in 2018 and 2019, DeGrom hasn’t pitched full-time since 2020 due to injuries both big and small.
He appeared in 12 games in 2020, 15 games in 2021, and 11 games in 2022.
He was eligible for free agency after the 2022 season, and many teams were reluctant to make offers.
Texas was one of them. The Texans signed him to a five-year, $185 million contract, despite concerns that it was a gamble.
“I’m in great shape,” he said at his signing ceremony, emphasizing that he expects to pitch at least 30 games each season for the next five years.
But Degrom has struggled in his first year.
He’s 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA this season, but he’s made just six starts and logged just 30⅓ innings. He hasn’t made an appearance since May.