New York Mets co-ace Justin Verlander acknowledged he would not fairly know what Jacob deGrom of the Texas Rangers goes by this spring.
“I feel it’s totally different when it’s your second [Tommy John] surgical procedure,” Verlander mentioned not lengthy after the Rangers confirmed deGrom wanted the season-ending process, per Mike Puma of the New York Put up. “However we have now even a bunch of individuals come again from that. I wouldn’t put something previous him. He’s gotten higher and higher stuff-wise as he’s gotten older. Possibly this surgical procedure offers him an opportunity to revamp his complete physique and he comes again higher than ever. You by no means know.”
Lengthy earlier than deGrom turned one of many league’s most dominant pitchers whereas in his prime, he underwent Tommy John surgical procedure in 2010. Verlander, in the meantime, made simply one start through the 2020 season earlier than he had the operation. He in the end returned to type and received the third Cy Younger Award of his Corridor of Fame profession final 12 months.
After all, deGrom’s injury history is not promising concerning his long-term restoration. The 2-time Nationwide League Cy Younger Award winner has made simply 44 regular-season begins since 2020, missed the second half of the 2021 season attributable to lingering elbow issues and was then sidelined in 2022 with a stress response within the scapula of his pitching shoulder.
“Any time you see someone as gifted as that who can’t keep on the sphere it’s robust as a result of it’s all the time a whole lot of ‘what if’ questions,” Verlander continued about deGrom. “These questions suck since you need them answered, you need to see him on the sphere. … You wish to see what he does with longevity. I’m not counting him out by any means, but it surely’s disheartening as a result of I understand how a lot he cares and the way a lot these guys like him and it speaks volumes for his character and you would like these folks one of the best.”
After deGrom and the Rangers agreed to a five-year, $185M contract that features a conditional sixth-year possibility, SNY’s Andy Martino reported the veteran, who turns 35 years previous later this month, “by no means gave the Mets the prospect to make a final, greatest supply.” Maybe deGrom did his former employer a favor, in spite of everything.