The Mets will skip Jacob deGrom in their next turn through the rotation, and Logan Verrett will start in his place. In his first start of the season on Friday, deGrom left the game early with lat tightness. The Mets say deGrom has improved, but not enough to make his next start.
deGrom has had several minor injuries over the past couple of months. He missed a bullpen session early in spring training and threw a bullpen session rather than making a start with back tightness. But he made several spring starts after those minor setbacks and made his first scheduled start in the Mets' home opener on Friday.
In all of his starts so far this year, deGrom's velocity hasn't been quite what it was previously in his major league career. It's tough to take spring training velocities too seriously, but perhaps he wasn't throwing his fastball as hard as usual on Friday because of the lat injury.
As for Verrett, he had a good rookie season with the Mets last year, and he made four starts in it. Between his time with the Texas Rangers and the Mets, he had a 3.59 ERA and 4.20 FIP in 47.2 innings.