There are two things you can say about Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom.
The first is that when healthy, he is one of the best right-handed pitchers of the modern era. The second is that lately he hasn’t been healthy very often.
This second trend continued this weekend as Rangers were set to place deGrom the 15-day IL right elbow inflammation.
He left his last start Friday with a right forearm tightness.
This must obviously be a concern for deGrom and Rangers.
He was their big free agent addition this offseason and has been mostly dominant in his first six starts. Through Saturday, he has struck out 45 batters on just four walks in 30.1 innings. Along with that, it has an ERA of 2.67. All the big numbers.
But any time a starting pitcher, especially one with recent injury issues, goes to IL with elbow inflammation and forearm tightness, you have to have a reason to be concerned. .
Including his six starts this season, deGrom has started just 44 games since the start of the 2020 season.
After finishing as one of baseball’s worst teams in each of the past three seasons, the Rangers are off to a strong start this season, going 15-11 going into play Saturday. The addition of deGrom was a big reason for this as they are 6-0 in his starts.
Now they will be without him for at least two weeks. Hopefully no more.