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Jacob deGrom’s MRI comes back negative

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He may start on Friday.

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After bumbling through the weekend telling people that Jacob deGrom would or wouldn’t be getting an MRI on his elbow that was or wasn’t ailing him, the Mets announced today that deGrom did indeed get an MRI that came back negative today. As a result, he may start on Friday night.

In four starts this so far this season, deGrom’s numbers aren’t quite up to his excellent standards. He had a 0.00 ERA through his first two starts but struggled in the next two, and he has a 3.68 ERA and 3.73 FIP through 22 innings.

Any good news on deGrom’s elbow is welcome, as he’s not only clearly the best pitcher on the team but one-fifth of a starting rotation that was lacking depth to start the season. Assuming he slots back into the rotation on Friday, things look significantly better than they would otherwise, but if deGrom were to miss any extended period of time, the Mets would be in serious trouble.