New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom was pulled after six innings in his start against the San Diego Padres on Friday night due to right flexor tendinitis, the team said.
DeGrom was removed after throwing six shutout innings in continuation of his dominant start to the 2021 season. He struck out 10 batters and allowed only a single off the bat of San Diego’s Wil Myers. He lowered his ERA to 0.56 this season.
The Mets led 3-0 when deGrom left the game, in part because of his two-run single off Padres lefty Blake Snell in the fifth. DeGrom has now driven in five runs as a hitter this season. As a pitcher, he has allowed just four earned runs in 64 innings to begin the campaign.
DeGrom’s seventh strikeout gave him 100 on the season. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, that is the fewest innings by a starter to reach 100 strikeouts in a single season since the mound moved to its current distance in 1893.