Mets ace Jacob deGrom is dealing with another health issue.
The right-hander left his start Wednesday night vs. the Cubs after three innings because of soreness in his pitching shoulder. DeGrom was starting five days after his previous start was cut short because of elbow tendinitis.
DeGrom retired all nine Cubs batters he faced, striking out eight of them, and he was regularly throwing his fastball around 100 mph. But he appeared to feel something in his arm after this pitch to Eric Sogard.
Mets broadcasters noted he was taking more time between pitches afterward. He left for the locker room after retiring Chicago in the third. Sean Reid-Foley came on in relief for the fourth.
DeGrom left his start Friday vs. the Padres after six innings because of the tendinitis. DeGrom told reporters after that game that he had experienced elbow problems in the past and that he was optimistic he would not have to miss a turn because of the tendinitis.
He missed three turns earlier this season because of lat irritation and side discomfort.