Texas Rangers star right-hander Jacob deGrom just can’t catch a break with injuries.
They plagued him in the last two years of his New York Mets tenure in 2021 and 2022, and 2023 doesn’t seem to be different.
After signing a five-year, $185 million contract with the Rangers, everything started off smoothly for deGrom.
He has a nice 2.67 ERA for the year, in 30.1 innings.
However, he had to leave his start on April 28 against the New York Yankees with elbow discomfort that turned out to be inflammation.
Bruce Bochy offered some news about his timeline to return.
“Jacob deGrom expected to miss another 2-3 weeks due to elbow inflammation, per Bruce Bochy,” FOX Sports MLB tweeted.
Jacob deGrom expected to miss another 2-3 weeks due to elbow inflammation, per Bruce Bochy pic.twitter.com/ZGNpFbRLOa
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 11, 2023
Here we go again.
In the last three seasons, deGrom has suffered a partial elbow ligament tear, a stress fracture on his right scapula, and a myriad of minor issues.
If it weren’t for the injuries, his contract would have easily surpassed $250 million.
When healthy, he is the best and most dominant pitcher in baseball.
The Rangers needed that kind of ceiling on their roster, which is why they took the risk and signed him.
Injuries are part of the package, though.
As long as it isn’t anything major, the Rangers are likely prepared to deal with short-term absences.
After all, you can’t sign a two-time Cy Young winner who throws 100 mph and has some of the best secondaries in the game every year.
Hopefully, deGrom can avoid a setback and return to the Rangers rotation within the next month or so.NEXT: Jon Gray Put Together A Truly Dominant Performance