Per a press release from the Binghamton Mets, it is now official that Mets pitching prospect Luis Mateo has hit the disabled list.
As speculated, the injury lies in his pitching elbow. The team is officially calling it a rather generic 'elbow strain'. However, according to the B-Mets skipper Pedro Lopez Mateo will undergo a precautionary MRI, so who knows if this is the final word or if there is more to come.
First-hand accounts from last night's game certainly give plenty of reason to pause. Paraphrasing a couple of tweets from BP's Hudson Belinsky, after hitting 95 MPH in the early stages on the game, Mateo prompted a visit from Binghamton catcher Juan Centeno after registering in the low-80s on a handful of fastballs to start the fourth. Mateo appeared to be in pain and was subsequently pulled from the game.
Additionally, the 23-year-old righty has had elbow issues before. His first professional contract -- signed with the Giants back in 2008 -- was voided when a physical discovered bone chips in his pitching elbow. For what it's worth, at the time TJ-specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum felt surgery was not required, instead prescribing aggressive rehab.
Taking his place on the B-Mets roster will be fellow hard-throwing righty Jacob DeGrom. Like Mateo, DeGrom will be making his Double-A debut after just six career starts with St. Lucie. The 24-year-old posted a 2.51 ERA in 15 starts for Class-A Savannah in 2012.
For the record, DeGrom has already undergone Tommy John surgery back in 2010. So this seemingly cursed roster spot -- first vacated by Cory Mazzoni due to 'elbow neuritis', before Mateo ran into his own elbow issues -- will naturally not be an issue for DeGrom.