The New York Mets placed right-hander Jacob deGrom on family emergency leave because of a medical issue with his newborn son.
DeGrom will be inactive for three to seven days, but he will continue to throw off a mound at the team’s Florida complex while commuting 2½ hours from his family home in DeLand. Team officials believe deGrom could re-enter the rotation for an abbreviated outing as soon as next weekend in Atlanta if his family situation allows
DeGrom had been scratched from his start this past week against the Miami Marlins because of right lat tightness before the baby was born. Had the family issue not arisen, deGrom likely would have been capable of taking his next turn on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Logan Verrett will make that start against the Phillies. Verrett threw six scoreless innings against the Marlins on Wednesday while filling in for deGrom.
Eric Campbell has been called up from Triple-A to take deGrom’s roster spot. That puts the Mets back to a typical five-man bench.
DeGrom allowed one run on five hits in six innings against the Phillies in his lone start this season, but his fastball speed was only 92.4 mph. That is 2.5 mph less than his fastball velocity average in April 2015.(ESPN)
We wish him and his family the best and hope his son’s health is improving.