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Jacob deGrom scratched from tonight’s start with right side tightness

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Miguel Castro will serve as the opener for tonight’s game.

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Prior to tonight’s game, the Mets announced that they have scratched Jacob deGrom with right side tightness. The ace was originally scheduled to start tonight’s contest against the St. Louis Cardinals. The club will use an opener in deGrom’s absence, and Miguel Castro will get the nod.

The club views the lat issue as minor, and it looks like they will try to navigate it without a stint on the injured list. Understandably, the club is being cautious with their best player, and they had already given him an extra day off in between starts heading into tonight’s game. Prior to the news breaking, it was revealed that Jordan Yamamoto was scratched from his start in Syracuse, so it appears that he is heading to Busch Stadium to join the club. Yamamoto will likely look to give the Mets length following Castro.

The 32-year-old has been superb this season and is coming off being named National League Pitcher of the Month on Monday. In his five starts, he has pitched to a 0.51 ERA, a 0.83 FIP, a 0.57 WHIP, and an NL-leading 59 strikeouts in 35.0 innings pitched. He leads the league in H/9 (4.1) and a K% (48.0%).