The injury hiatus of pitcher Jacob deGrom (35), a two-time Cy Young Award recruited by the Texas Rangers at a huge cost, is getting longer. Although Ace has been absent for a long time for two months, it is interesting that the team is running for the No. 1 spot in the district.메이저놀이터
Texas moved deGrom to the 60-day disabled list after adding pitcher Spencer Howard to their 26-man roster on the 6th (Korean time). On April 29, in a game against the New York Yankees, deGrom felt soreness in his right forearm and was struck early with 50 pitches in 3⅔innings. The next day, elbow inflammation was confirmed.
After he was placed on the 15-day injured list, he prepared for a comeback by pitching to the bullpen. Most recently, on the 27th of last month, he threw 31 pitches in bullpen pitching during an expedition to Baltimore. He prepared for his return in June by throwing breaking pitches such as a slider and changeup, but his return was delayed as he was moved to the 60-day injured list. It is possible to return to the roster after the 29th.
According to ‘MLB.com’, Texas general manager Chris Young said, “The condition of deGrom’s elbow did not improve as quickly as we expected. The pain is recurring, but I want to make sure the inflammation is completely gone. Earlier this week he will do another MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to check the condition and then move on.”
Texas acquired deGrom as a free agent for five years and $185 million after last season. In the past two years at the New York Mets, he was a ‘glass body’ who could not digest the full-time season due to large and small injuries such as flank, forearm muscle, elbow, and shoulder, but Texas took a risk and recruited him. It was a contract that guaranteed an annual average of $37 million until the age of 39.
However, from the first year of the contract, the risk of injury exploded. DeGrom is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA and 45 strikeouts in just 30⅓ innings in six games this season. On April 18, against the Kansas City Royals, he went down after 58 pitches in 4 innings due to wrist pain, showing signs of abnormality. DeGrom missed the entire second half of 2021 with the same injury.
General Manager Young said, “I think deGrom is the best in the world when it comes to throwing the ball. His appearance on the mound is so charming and special that I can’t explain it. From a fans standpoint, it would be a pity that deGrom is not on the mound right now, but he brought him back five years into the future. The current situation is also taking that into account. When he gets on the mound, there’s no better pitcher than him. We don’t know when, but we’re sure deGrom will be back. He knows the willingness to play and take responsibility for the club, his teammates and the fans.”
While deGrom is out for an extended period, Texas is unmoved. On the same day that deGrom was moved to the 60-day injured list, the Texas Rangers recorded a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Nathaniel Rowe hit a finishing hit in front of the left fielder in a chance with 1 out and 1st and 2nd base.
Texas, which has recently won 4 consecutive wins and recorded 39 wins and 20 losses (.661 win rate) in the season, has solidified its first place in the American League (AL) West Division. It is ahead of Houston (36-24), which is second in the district, by 3.5 games. Under the guidance of coach Bruce, who has overturned retirement after four years and returned to the field, won the World Series three times and is a ‘master’, he is on a winning streak.
Dane Dunning, a second-generation Korean pitcher, is perfectly filling deGrom’s vacancy with an average ERA of 2.06 with 4 wins and 1 loss in 13 games (5 starts). Veteran starter Nathan Evoldi (8-2, 2.24), who signed as a free agent for 2 years and 34 million dollars, is continuing his ace mode with a pitch that rivals DeGrom. After deGrom was placed on the injured list, Texas improved to a starting ERA as veteran starters including John Gray (6-1, 2.51), Martin Perez (6-1, 3.97), and Andrew Heaney (4-3, 4.03) did their part. With 2.84, it ranks first overall during this period.
The team’s batting average (.278) is 1st and OPS (.805) is 2nd, and the firepower of the batting line is amazing. Second baseman Marcus Simeon, who has been hitting 24 games in a row, is active with an OPS of .882 with 9 home runs and 48 RBIs in 59 games. .855 is bursting with potential. Shortstop Corey Seager, who was on hiatus for more than a month due to a hamstring injury in mid-April, is also leading the team’s upward trend with a batting average of .351, 6 homers, 29 RBIs and an OPS of 1.017 in 28 games. /