MIAMI – New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom’s right elbow is healthy, but the team isn’t sure if he will return this season, team president Sandy Alderson said.
deGrom, 32, has not pitched since July 7 due to a sprained elbow. He was 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA and 146 strikeouts before going out.
“At this point, the sprain has resolved,” Alderson said before the Mets played Tuesday night in Miami. “The elbow is perfectly intact based on MRIs and clinical evaluations by our doctors. We need to start to see if this is more of a chronic problem that is related to mechanics in some way.”
The Mets began third in the NL East on Tuesday, four games behind division leader Atlanta Braves and four and a half games behind the NL second wild-card spot.
Alderson also said Tuesday that he has had little communication with interim general manager Zack Scott, who was arrested last week on a drunk driving charge.
Alderson said the team was “caught off guard” and called Scott’s arrest “very unfortunate.”
“There is not much I can say beyond the statements made previously,” Alderson said. “It is a criminal case at the moment. Until it is resolved, there will be no further comment from us or anyone else in the organization.”
Alderson said he has contacted Scott a couple of times since the arrest. As for how Scott is feeling, “it’s hard for me to know right now,” Alderson said.
The Mets placed Scott on administrative leave with pay after his arrest. Scott has pleaded not guilty to the charge and three traffic violations.
Scott, 44, joined the Mets as a senior vice president and assistant general manager in December. He was promoted to interim general manager in January after general manager Jared Porter was fired following revelations that he sent unsolicited and sexually explicit text messages and images to a reporter in 2016 while working with the Chicago Cubs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.