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Mets Morning News: Despite injury scare, Jacob deGrom continues to do it all

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Meet the Mets

Jacob deGrom once again dominated both on the mound (six innings, zero runs, one hit, no walks, ten strikeouts) and at the plate (hitting a clutch two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning), and the Mets took the opening game of the series against the San Diego Padres. The night was marred slightly by deGrom leaving the game early due to “right flexor tendonitis,” but he said after the game that he was not too concerned about it and expected to make his next start.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Post, Daily News, Newsday,

In addition to deGrom, Miguel Castro—who gave up a two-run homer in the seventh—was also dealing with some physical issues, and the Mets also indicated that there was nothing to be too concerned about with him.

With deGrom’s health a question mark and David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi having some struggles, the Mets may be on the market for some starting pitching help at some point.

The Mets may have some good injury news on the horizon, as Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto may be nearing rehab assignments.

If that wasn’t enough, Brandon Nimmo’s finger injury may not be as serious as first suspected, and he may be able to begin a rehab assignment soon as well.

In less stellar injury news, Carlos Carrasco continues to move slowly in his recovery.

The Mets made a few roster moves prior to the game yesterday, including reactivating Luis Guillorme from the injured list and claiming right-handed pitcher Nick Tropeano off waivers from the Giants.

Zack Scott offered his thoughts about the use of foreign substances amongst pitchers in the game.

With All-Star game voting underway, which Mets are likely to make the cut this year?

Trevor May discussed his mental approach as a reliever and his efforts to overcome his current pitching slump.

Around the National League East

Not only did the Nationals suffer a 1-0 loss to the Giants, but Max Scherzer also had to leave the game after just twelve pitches due to an injury.

Sandy Alcantara pitched a solid start and helped propel the Marlins to a victory against Atlanta, who lost their third straight.

The Phillies shuffled their rotation around a bit for their weekend series against the Yankees.

Speaking of the Philadelphia rotation, The Good Phight tried to determine what’s been wrong with Aaron Nola.

Around Major League Baseball

As always, a lot of interesting players may be moving around at the deadline, but teams may also have to contend with the rash of injuries plaguing the sport when considering whether to deal their players.

With 22 teams now having reached the 85% threshold for COVID vaccinations, the overall pace of vaccinations has slowed.

Ronald Acuña Jr. was voted the best player under the age of 25 in the game in an MLB Network Twitter poll.

Fernano Tatis Jr. made the case for why baseball players should be allowed to have fun and demonstrate emotion on the field.

CBS Sports provided their latest mock of the 2021 MLB amateur draft.

Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis underwent a successful surgery on his right meniscus.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane celebrated Billy McKinney’s unlikely hot streak since joining the Mets.

Joe Sokolowski compiled the best Mets-related quotes from the past week.

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the series against the Padres and predicted that the Mets would take two of three. Halfway there!

This Date in Mets History

The Mets signed Tug McGraw on this date in 1964, and we’re going to completely ignore a certain infamous Mets-Yankees game that would happen forty-five years later.