Jacob deGrom will modify throwing mechanics to avoid new injuries

Monday is a big day for New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom. He’s undergoing a follow-up MRI to examine the stress reaction in the scapula of his shoulder that kept him from making his season debut and will sideline him for at least most of May.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner hasn’t faced an opposing hitter in a meaningful game since July 7. He missed the entire second half of the 2021 campaign due to persistent elbow issues. It appears the Mets have figured out the culprit to blame for their latest loss.

According to the league’s website’s Anthony DiComo, the Mets determined when reviewing video footage “that deGrom was shaking his arm more violently as he pulled the ball out of his glove this spring, which resulted in excessive tension. on her shoulder as he parted his hands during her delivery.”

Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner said the club doesn’t know for sure the action caused deGrom’s injury, but the 33-year-old will seek “to downplay the aggressive nature of his movement” every time. once he is allowed to resume the pitch, perhaps as soon as possible. like after Monday’s exam.

“The body is not designed to do that,” Hefner said of deGrom’s questionable mechanics. “That’s where we’re just trying to look at what’s worked in the past. Can we go back to that? And hopefully that keeps them healthy. A lot of that is hope If there was a cure for Tommy John, if there was a cure for shoulder injuries, we would obviously do everything in our power to do it. But no one really knows. We know some things that tend to lead to healthy arms, but we don’t know for sure.

Without deGrom, the Mets climbed to the top of the National League East standings before the last week of April and became the first team to score 12 wins this season.

Meanwhile, the Mets are hoping right-hander Taijuan Walker can return to the rotation for next weekend’s home series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Walker has been out of action since contracting bursitis in his right shoulder in his first start of the campaign against Philadelphia on April 11.

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