Oh no, here we go again. That was probably your first thought when seeing Jacob deGrom leave last night’s start with an injury. He was pitching great, as he had a no-hitter through four innings of work with five strikeouts before being removed from the game for what is being called a “precautionary decision.” 

However, given his recent injury history, anything with deGrom feels borderline terrifying. What does this mean for baseball’s best pitcher?


Jacob deGrom Injury Update

As of right now, it appears that we don’t have to be super concerned. For starters, it’s been tabbed as a wrist issue, which is far better than any type of arm issue. He is going to be reevaluated today and we should get a clearer picture, but here’s what deGrom had to say about it: "I felt it a little bit warming up. I thought it was going to loosen up and it actually tightened up a little bit as the game went on. We're playing it smart. Could I have kept going? Probably. But it was lingering and it got a little bit worse as the game went on. I just want to play it safe. We've got a long season ahead of us. I'm honestly not too concerned. I would like to think I'll make my next [start], but we'll see how it is tomorrow." In other words, it doesn’t sound like a serious issue and deGrom isn’t all that concerned about it, which is a good thing of course. His Manager isn’t overly concerned either, “Right now, I feel pretty good about it." Bruce Bouchy (Rangers Manager) said after the game. At face value, it’s all good news and that’s all we have to go off of right now. He didn’t leave mid-inning wincing in pain or anything like that, so as of right now we have to be optimistic about it. 

The Rangers ace has been great thus far. He was tagged for five runs in his Texas Rangers debut, but since then he has given up just three runs across 17 innings (1.59 ERA in that span) and he has a 0.87 WHIP on the season with 32 strikeouts across 20.2 innings of work. If he were to miss time it would be a huge blow to fantasy teams and to the Rangers, but thankfully it does not appear that will be the case. I would not be surprised if his next start is pushed back (which sucks given that he was slated to take on the A’s), but overall we have to be positive about this situation. If the worst case scenario is a short 15-day IL stint, that wouldn’t be the end of the world. For now, fantasy managers can take a deep breath and not panic, but keep an eye out for any update that will be heading our way at some point in the day. 

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