Jacob deGrom was placed yesterday afternoon on the family emergency list, after his newborn son was having health complications. Placing deGrom on the emergency list would allow him to be away from the team for 3-7 days while he could be with his family during this difficult time.
Terry Collins provided great news on baby Jaxon’s health this morning, prior to today’s afternoon contest against Cleveland. “Last night I talked to him,” Collins said. “The baby is doing better. That was a good sign. I just told Jake he needs to get some rest and mix in a meal.” Collins had also stated deGrom is more exhausted mentally than physically at this point, which could be easily understood.
DeGrom is actually in Port St. Lucie this morning after traveling 2.5 hours from the family’s home in DeLand Florida. He drove to Port St. Lucie to throw his bullpen session that was originally scheduled for today. He is expected to throw 40 pitches this afternoon and the Mets will evaluate how his right lat feels after the session. This bullpen session is scheduled to be a more intense one than the one he threw a couple of days ago.
Logan Verrett is scheduled to start in his place on Tuesday in Philadelphia against the Phillies. Collins openly admitted that deGrom probably would’ve pitched Tuesday if this unforeseen emergency situation did not occur. Depending on deGrom’s physical condition and the condition of deGrom’s newborn son, the soonest he could return to the rotation will possibly be sometime next weekend when the team plays in Atlanta against the Braves. That is the earliest Mets officials peg him to return.
Mets utility player Eric Campbell has returned from AAA Las Vegas to take deGrom’s roster spot until he returns from the emergency list.
Our prayers continue to be with the deGrom family through this difficult time, but it is good news that baby Jaxon’s health is improving.
UPDATE (3:42 PM CT): Mets Manager Terry Collins has spoken with Jacob deGrom this afternoon and he stated that Jacob and his wife are now expected to be able to take home baby Jaxon from the hospital tomorrow. DeGrom is also scheduled to now throw a simulated game on Tuesday which may line him up for a weekend start in Atlanta.