After multiple injury-riddled seasons, Texas Rangers right-handed ace Jacob deGrom will miss the remainder of the 2023 season and most, if not all, of the 2024 season due to Tommy John Surgery.
DeGrom, 34, signed a five-year, $185 million contract with Texas this past offseason after spending his whole career previously with the New York Mets. DeGrom made six starts this season before going on the 15-day IL on April 29th. He was recently transferred to the 60-day IL on June 5th.
DeGrom made his major league debut in 2014 with the Mets, winning the NL Rookie of the Year that season, then earning his status as the best pitcher in baseball after winning the NL Cy Young back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019.
In his 2018 Cy Young season, deGrom posted a 1.70 ERA, 218 ERA+, 1.98 FIP, 0.912 WHIP, 269 K, 32.2 K%, 0.4 HR/9, 1.9 BB/9, and 11.2 K/9, while going 10-9.
In his 2019 Cy Young season, deGrom went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA, 169 ERA+, 2.67 FIP, 0.971 WHIP, 255 K, 31.7 K%, 0.8 HR/9, 1.9 BB/9, and 11.3 K/9.
Additionally, deGrom is a four-time National League All-Star, former NL ERA leader, former two-time NL strikeout leader, and two-time All-MLB First Team member.
DeGrom has an extensive injury that goes as far back as 2010, when he had his first Tommy John surgery due after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in rookie ball with the Kingsport Mets. His ulnar nerve in his elbow required surgery in 2016, which ended his season in September of that year.
After three healthy years and pitching at the top of his game, the injury bug would begin to bite deGrom once again starting in 2020. Since that year, he has sustained the following injuries:
- 2020: Minor neck and hamstring
- 2021: Forearm tightness and elbow soreness
- 2022: Stress reaction in the shoulder during ST doesn’t return till August
- 2023: Elbow inflammation
DeGrom pitched just 224.1 innings from 2020-2023 (2020 was a shortened 60-game season), which was a huge difference in comparison to his 2017-2019 seasons, where he AVERAGED 207 innings pitched.
DeGrom left his start against the New York Yankees on April 28th with elbow inflammation which led to his initial IL stint. After multiple throwing sessions, where he felt great during some and not so great during others, more tests revealed a tear in his UCL, which resulted in the necessity for his second Tommy John surgery.
DeGrom hopes to return at the end of the 2024 season.
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