DeGrom won't rejoin Mets due to family emergency
Jacob deGrom won't rejoin the New York Mets' rotation for at least a few more days, as the 27-year-old was placed on the family emergency list Saturday due to "complications" with his newborn baby, Jaxon, manager Terry Collins said.
Collins didn't provide specifics as he addressed the media ahead of Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians, but noted the team is "praying and pulling" for deGrom, who will be on leave for a minimum of three days (and a maximum of seven).
"I've spoken to him every day," Collins told reporters. "He's where you would expect him to be. He's not sleeping much. We're certainly rooting for him and (his wife) Stacey and the baby to hang in there."
Collins added, "It's a real-life situation. Certainly we take the game of baseball very seriously. This changes a lot of things. He's such a good guy. Stacey is outstanding. You sit here the last few days - and those guys in (the clubhouse) can all tell you - they do the best they can to stay in touch with him."
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, a person who spoke with deGrom said the situation doesn't sound life-threatening, but "there is concern."
Hampered by a lat strain since his April 8 season debut, deGrom was expected to rejoin the Mets in Cleveland on Friday - he left the club Monday to be with his wife for Jaxon's birth - but instead remained in Florida, where he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. Though Collins confirmed Saturday that deGrom would've started Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the right-hander will be removed from the active roster for the time being as he attends to Jaxon's situation.
"He's staying in good shape. ... The lat's fine," Collins said.