Texas Rangers ace Jacob deGrom frustrated by injury

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws to a New York Yankees batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 28, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers ace Jacob deGrom is frustrated he’s landed on the injured list with right forearm tightness.

“I want to be out there,” deGrom said Sunday, speaking to media a day after he was placed on the 15-day injured list. “There’s a little inflammation in there, so the goal is to get that knocked out here in the next few days and resume throwing. So, staying optimistic about it.”

DeGrom exited after 3 2/3 innings against the New York Yankees on Friday night, the second time in three starts he left early with an injury. During an outing at Kansas City on April 17, deGrom went four innings before leaving with right wrist soreness.

DeGrom was plagued by injuries the past two seasons with the New York Mets, throwing 156 1/3 innings over 26 starts.

“Obviously, the goal was to not go on the IL. The goal was to make 30-plus starts and put this team in position to win,” deGrom said. “It’s disappointing to not be able to do that right now, but stay optimistic about it. Everything structurally looks fine, so get a little bit of that swelling out of there and pick up from there.”

DeGrom signed a $185 million, five-year contract with the Rangers in December. He is 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA over 30 1/3 innings in his first six starts with Texas.

He’s taking a wait-and-see attitude on whether he'll be ready to come off the IL when eligible on May 14.

“Make sure everything is good and that way when we go back out there, we don’t have this again,” he said.


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