Jacob deGrom to undergo MRI for shoulder tightness

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom throws a pitch during spring training.
Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom throws a pitch during spring training.
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Mets ace Jacob deGrom will undergo an MRI on his shoulder after feeling tightness in his right arm, which will keep him from making a scheduled spring training start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday — and will keep fans on pins-and-needles as they await news on the two-time former Cy Young winner. 

According to Mets manager Buck Showalter, the 33-year-old was practicing on Thursday when he felt pain in his throwing shoulder, prompting the team to scrap his start, and send him to get the MRI. 

The news of a potential deGrom injury has caused flashbacks to last year, when the ace began the season with a sensational series of performances, before missing the back-half of the season with an elbow injury. 

Prior to being sidelined, he threw 92 innings, and recorded a stunning 1.08 ERA. 

This spring training, deGrom has pitched 5 innings, earning a 1.80 ERA and 5 hits and 1 run.  

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DeGrom is scheduled to pitch the first Mets game of the season against the Washington Nationals on Thursday, April 7. 

This upcoming season, Mets coaches and fans alike had been eagerly awaiting deGrom’s return, expecting that he’ll be paired with fellow former Cy young winner Max Scherzer, who signed with the Amazins this offseason to a three-year, $130 million contract.

DeGrom and Scherzer, if healthy, could become one of the MLB’s best dual threats, and have given the team home of a winning season and a deep playoff run.