Things have been going quite well for the Texas Rangers as of late. After completely revamping the roster this offseason, Texas is riding one of its better starts in team history behind a 39-20 record and current first place in the AL west.
While the majority of the offseason investments have paid off so far, the team received disheartening news about perhaps the best pitcher in the MLB.
On Tuesday afternoon Texas Rangers GM Chris Young announced Jacob deGrom will undergo Tommy John surgery. DeGrom had been placed on the 15-day IL on April 29 and later moved to the 60-day IL on Monday. Despite this news, there was still hope he could rejoin the team for a playoff push.
The Rangers signed deGrom this offseason to a whopping 5 years and 185-million. Though he is considered a consensus top three pitcher when available, he has rarely been able to play the past few seasons.
He only pitched 30 and 1/3 innings this season but was 2-0 in those starts. He pitched 35 innings the season prior. In fact, over the past four seasons, the most starts deGrom has recorded in a season is 15.
Chris Young also stated the surgery will take a full 12 month rehab, meaning deGrom will likely miss a large part of next season as well. This is deGrom’s second Tommy John procedure.
When asked about the injury, a saddened Jacob deGrom had this to say.
“This stinks. It’s not ideal. But at least we know what it is now. I want to get it fixed and will set a goal to be back before the end of next year.”
This is a very tough pill to swallow for the Rangers clubhouse. It remains to be seen if this news will impact the on field performance of the team. Texas will take on St. Louis tonight looking for its Globe Life Field record eighth consecutive home victory.
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