NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom had just completed three perfect innings in which he struck out eight of the nine Chicago Cubs he faced.
All of the sudden, the New York Mets’ bullpen stirred.
Then came the worst: deGrom never returned to the mound. He lowered his ERA to 0.54, but departed after three innings Wednesday night with right shoulder soreness, per the Mets.
DeGrom’s last start, on Friday against the Padres, ended early because of right flexor tendinitis. Since then, manager Luis Rojas insisted deGrom felt healthy enough to make this start.
The ace also missed time in May, when he went on the injured list with right side tightness.
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DeGrom on Wednesday seemed to experience some discomfort after throwing a pitch to Eric Sogard in the third inning. He winced right after firing the ball.
Sean Reid-Foley replaced deGrom.