After being placed on the 60-day disabled list, Jacob deGrom is finally going under the knife. The $30 million pitcher’s season is over after six starts.
The Dallas Morning News, a local Texas outlet, reported on Sunday that DeGrom will undergo Tommy John surgery to reconstruct the ligament in his right elbow. Tommy John surgery can take as little as 12 months to return. He’s out for the season. Given his age, 35, it could be longer.
In a tearful interview on July 7, DeGrom said, “It’s not a good thing. It doesn’t feel good to be told you can’t do more of what you love. I wanted to be here to help the team. It’s disappointing,” he said. “A tearful DeGrom struggled to get the words out,” the Dallas Morning News added.
DeGrom started six games this year, going 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA. But just a month after opening day, he was sidelined with an injury. First it was wrist soreness, then elbow problems. In two of his last three starts, he didn’t make it through five innings 먹튀검증. He went down after four innings in Kansas City on April 18, and was removed after 3⅔ innings and 50 pitches against the Yankees on April 29, his final start.
On June 6, he was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. It was a sign that things weren’t going well, and on July 7, he underwent Tommy John surgery.
The signs of discomfort began in spring training this year. On Feb. 16, he postponed a bullpen start due to side discomfort. General manager Chris Young emphasized that there was nothing wrong with DeGrom’s body. He explained that he was just being precautionary because he was worried that the low temperatures would make it worse.
DeGrom has been one of the best pitchers in the league, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2014 and the Cy Young Award in 2018 and 2019. But since 2021, he’s had to live with the unflattering label of “glass body. After appearing in 15 games in 2021 and 11 in 2022, he was shut down after just six games this year.