- Mets superstar right-hander Jacob deGrom was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night with right lat inflammation
- Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich returns to the Injured List due to a back strain
- Reds reliever Amir Garrett has been dealt a seven-game suspension for inciting a benches-clearing incident with the Chicago Cubs
As we sit and enjoy another entertaining evening of Major League Baseball, let’s take a look at some news and notes from around the league on Tuesday.
deGrom Scratched With Lat Inflammation
Mets superstar and early NL Cy Young front runner Jacob deGrom was scratched from his start tonight after struggling to get loose in preparation for his start tonight against the Cardinals.
The game ended up being postpone due to rain.
Mets manager Luis Rojas noted that a scan revealed inflammation of his right lat, and that his star right-hander won’t throw for a few days.
“And then he’s going to be able to throw, maybe throw a side, and then that will determine when his next start is going to be,” Rojas said.
Rojas also noted that the issue arose roughly eight hours before the scheduled first pitch and described the ailment as tightness.
“I saw him before coming to the field and he was stretching, trying to feel his right side a little bit, and that’s when we started discussing whether he’s going to start or not,” Rojas stated.
Of course, a loss of any length of time is a big blow to the Mets despite the hope and expectation being that the minor ailment will cost him just one start through the rotation.
deGrom has once again taken the baseball world by storm, working to an eye-popping 0.51 ERA/0.82 FIP with a 15.17 K/9 across five starts and 35 innings of work, but once again has been the victim of poor run support and is just 2-3 on the season.
Jacob deGrom ties Nolan Ryan (1978) with 59 Ks through his first 5 appearances.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 29, 2021
deGrom is hitting 100 mph on his fastball more than any pitcher in baseball and has seen his average fastball velocity increase every season since 2016.
Yelich Returns to IL
Christian Yelich’s reinstatement from the Injured List didn’t last long.
Just one day after returning to the lineup from a stint on the IL with a bagging back issue, his wonky back is once again sending him to the sidelines as the Brewers placed the former NL MVP on the IL on Tuesday.
Yelich notched a pair of singles in his return to the lineup on Monday, but apparently his back is still giving him trouble.
Manager Craig Counsell said that Yelich underwent an MRI in late April, but the imaging showed no structural damage.
“Last night he told us that he’s not going to be able to do this on a daily basis. And so we need to stop and completely resolve this,” Counsell told reporters. “…At this point, we don’t have an answer.”
Yelich spoke to the media after being placed on the IL on Tuesday.
“I wasn’t where I needed to be yesterday. I was able to make it through the game. But being able to stack (games) on top of each other just wasn’t there. Pretty much why we’re back to being where we are,” he said Tuesday.
Yelich has appeared in just 10 games with the Brewers this season and is hitting .353 on the season, but has yet to homer and owns a bloated .571 BABIP as well.
Outfielder Tyrone Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Taylor has made the most of his big-league opportunity this season with a .323/.400/.581 slash line, two homers, a stolen base and a 165 wRC+ across 35 trips to the plate. However, it’s a numbers game in the Brewers outfield with Lorenzo Cain now healthy along with the addition of Jackie Bradley Jr. in free agency this offseason.
Garrett Handed 7-Game Suspension
Reds reliever Amir Garrett has been hit with a seven-game suspension by Major League Baseball for inciting a benches-clearing skirmish with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Garrett is appealing the suspension.
In the top of the eighth inning, Amir Garrett struck out Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and subsequently pounded his chest while taking steps towards Rizzo. That caught the ire of shortstop Javier Baez who rushed out of the dugout towards Garrett before being held back by Reds infielder Mike Moustakas.
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) May 4, 2021
“I’m not going to let him or anyone disrespect my teammates or my team,” Baez said. “He’s not doing it to pump up his teammates. He’s doing it to disrespect us.”
Reds manager David Bell seemed to disagree with Baez’s reaction.
“I really don’t know what happened with their team,” Bell said. “This is an emotional game, and Amir has been struggling. I know Amir was talking to himself. He was emotional. I think they misinterpreted it. That’s what I saw. It is very difficult to stay good in this game. I know we try our best to not be concerned with how the other team reacts.”
The two teams renew hostilities with a two-game set beginning May 28 at Wrigley Field.