Mets RHP prospect Jacob deGrom left after the second inning of his start for Triple-A Las Vegas with an undisclosed injury on Wednesday.
Sandy Alderson mentioned deGrom as a possible September call-up, and addition to the rotation, since he needs to be added to the 40-man roster before December to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
DeGrom was escorted off the field by the Las Vegas training staff, according to MetsBlog contributor Robert Brender.
He allowed two runs and three hits before departing the game. DeGrom is 4-2 with a 4.52 ERA in 14 starts in 75 2/3 innings since being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Michael Baron, Contributor
The last thing the Mets need is another long-term injury to another pitcher, especially someone who they expect to contribute at some point next season.
DeGrom is spoken about in very high regard within the organization and he has made strides this season, despite the inflated ERA at both Double-A and Triple-A. They love his athleticism, he has good velocity and can peak it in the upper 90s. They’re looking for him to improve his slider, but he has excellent feel for his change-up and is a strike thrower in general.
DeGrom is likely getting shut down soon anyway, since he has reached – and perhaps exceeded – his innings limit for the season. Typically, the Mets bump their pitching prospects 30 innings from the prior year – deGrom threw 111 innings in 2012, and he’s up to around 148 innings in 2013. The Mets are trying to be smart to be conservative with deGrom, considering he is two years removed from Tommy John Surgery and lacks a lot of professional experience in the minors.
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