On Monday against the Kansas City Royals, the Texas Rangers ran into an issue. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner who signed a $185 million, five-year contract with the Rangers in December had something happen that everyone warned the Rangers about.
It's safe to say Jacob deGrom has a history of injuries. That has truly been his only flaw throughout his career. If he was consistently available, he would be as perfect as a pitcher can be. But, he does get hurt, a lot.
On Monday he had a scare, as we all thought for a brief moment that the biggest fear with the biggest signing came true.
Rangers' deGrom leaves game early vs. Royals
In an outing that had deGrom on pace to throw a no-hitter, he left after just four innings pitched due to wrist soreness. At first, we didn't really know the reason, so you can understand the scare.
Luckily Dane Dunning came in and finished the game off for the most part, as he allowed just one hit, the only hit Kansas City had all game. The Rangers still forced themselves into the win column, but fans were more worried about their new ace.
The Rangers PR team went to Twitter to give the update:
"Rangers RHP Jacob deGrom was removed from tonight's start in Kansas City as a precaution with right wrist soreness. He will continue to be evaluated."
After the game, deGrom let everyone know how he was feeling, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
"DeGrom will be re-evaluated tomorrow. He said the wrist soreness popped early and wasn't much, but got a bit more sore as the outing wore on and he didn't want to change mechanics and create a bigger issue for himself."
Long story short, the Rangers are just being precautious. Sure, it's a scare, but at the same time, if deGrom doesn't seem too worried, we shouldn't be either.
It's still something to be on the lookout for, as he expects to be ready for his next start.