Jacob deGrom will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2023 season, general manager Chris Young announced on Tuesday. The Texas Rangers starting pitcher needs a repair to fix his ulnar collateral ligament tear.
“This stinks. It’s not ideal. But at least we know what it is now. I want to get it fixed and will set a goal to be back before the end of next year,” the player said on Tuesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.
DeGrom has not pitched since April 28, when he left a game because of injury concerns. The Rangers moved him to the 60-day injured list on Monday. However, he showed no improvement, Young said.
“We have gone backwards. The MRI revealed damage that was significant. I’m glad we have clarity. Everyone being in the dark was not good. Now we have a course of action and we will attack it,” the GM said as per Dallas Morning News.
Texas signed the pitcher in free agency to a 5-year, $185 million deal. He played nine seasons with the New York Mets. The 34-year-old had 156 1/3 innings over 26 starts in his last two years. He will undergo his second Tommy John surgery. He went through the procedure during his rookie year in 2010.
In the 2021 season, he had a career-low 1.08 ERA over 92 innings. He missed the final three months with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow. The Rangers have won all six games with DeGrom starting. He has pitched 30 1/3 innings and has a 2.67 ERA with 45 strikeouts. The 34-year-old threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings against the New York Yankees in April before walking out.
“I feel horrible for Jacob deGrom but this makes me marvel at Clayton Kershaw even more. Kershaw has thrown 2,650 career innings, deGrom has thrown 1,356. Kershaw has dominated the MLB for 16 years and is still going strong. And he keeps signing cheaper deals for the Dodgers,” a Twitter user reacted.
“There’s a solid chance Jacob DeGrom won’t end up in the hall of fame and that’s so fucking sad saying at his peak he was pretty much as good as any pitcher ever,” another one added.