Jacob deGrom and his wife Stacey's son, Jaxon Anthony deGrom, was born on Monday night. deGrom was originally scheduled to pitch the Mets' series finale against the Marlins tomorrow but was scratched due to right lat stiffness.
Logan Verrett will start in deGrom's place, while Rafael Montero is on standby on the taxi squad in case the team needs him on Wednesday. The Mets have not yet announced whether deGrom will be placed on paternity leave. If the team decides that deGrom's lat injury requires a stint on the disabled list, placing him on paternity leave prohibits them from backdating his time on the disabled list to his previous start.
deGrom pitched well in his 2016 debut against the Phillies, with six strikeouts and no walks in six scoreless innings. He is coming off of an All-Star 2015 season in which he had 205 strikeouts and 38 walks with a 2.54 ERA over 191 innings in the regular season.