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Mets Morning News: Jacob deGrom leaves game with elbow injury, Mets drop second game to Braves

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The Mets dropped the second game of the series against the Braves but the biggest loss came when Jacob deGrom exited the game after the fourth inning. He was pitching brilliantly but injured himself on a swing and exited the game an inning later.

It was a brutal day as the Mets both fell out of first place and lost their ace to injury.

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It was clear deGrom was upset when he left the dugout which did not bode well and the news came a few innings later that he was diagnosed with a hyperextended elbow.

Despite injuring himself on a swing, the righty was still able to pitch another inning with a slight dip in velocity.

Needless to say if deGrom is out for extended period of time the Mets chances of making the playoffs would take a devastating hit.

Matt Harvey could make his way back into the rotation to replace deGrom but they do have other options.

Jason Vargas gets the start today and the coaching staff thinks they figured out why he struggled in his first start.

Michael Conforto got the night off against the lefty but the slumping slugger believes it is only a matter of time before his power returns.

The offense as a whole has been slumping and Todd Frazier went off on the umpiring saying that they are partly to blame.

Yoenis Cespedes lost a bit of jewelry after he slid into second base in the first inning.

Around the National League East

Sean Newcomb was good in his start for the Braves. Dansby Swanson exited the game early with a sore left wrist.

The Phillies shutout the Marlins 6-0.

The Nationals defeated the Pirates 9-3. Daniel Murphy suffered a setback and doesn’t appear to be returning anytime soon.

Around Major League Baseball

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery is likely out 6-8 weeks with a flexor strain.

Some substances can conceivably increase spin rate and Trevor Bauer may have tried it out himself.

Mookie Betts had another three home run game for Boston which put him in the history books.

Dodgers’ starter Hyun-Jin Ryu left his start early with a leg injury.

James Paxton had a stellar night for the Mariners when he struck out sixteen batters in seven innings.

This Date in Mets History

David Cone pitched his first career shutout on this date in 1988. He kept the Braves off the board in an 8-0 Met victory.