Mets Injury Tracker: Jacob deGrom suffers setback with elbow inflammation, shut down for two weeks

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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field
Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field

Here is the latest news and possible return dates for Mets players on the IL...

Jacob deGrom (forearm tightness)

DeGrom will be shut down for two weeks with inflammation in his right elbow, and probably won't return until September.

This comes after deGrom hit the upper 90s in Thursday's side session.

Acting GM Zack Scott discussed deGrom's situation in the SNY booth during Friday's game, saying that an MRI revealed no structural damage for deGrom, but that "September at the earliest is probably what we can expect," as far as a return.

"There's no structural damage that would lead us to believe that he wouldn't come back," said Scott. "Obviously, all these things are unique, and when guys start ramping things up, things can happen. Hopefully, everything goes smoothly for him. I know he’s going to work hard to come back, and he wants to come back and make an impact with us."

"He ramped it up, he wanted to get a feel. It was a light side until maybe the last four pitches when he wanted to feel strength behind the ball," Luis Rojas told reporters on Friday, prior to the team announcing deGrom's shutdown.

Rojas told reporters that deGrom thought about playing catch on Friday but opted not to.

"That was one of the decisions that he wanted to make. He made that [decision] yesterday. We want to get his feedback on how he feels and then maybe make decisions out of that.”

Potential return date: September

Francisco Lindor (oblique)

Lindor spoke with reporters on July 30, saying that he believes he's progressing well, though his baseball activity has been 'minimal' to this point of his rehab.

"My oblique is getting better. I think I’m in a good spot to be in the period of rehab that I’m in right now," Lindor said on July 30.

"I have thrown, run, lift a little bit. Very minimal things, but when you’re hurt, things like that are big steps. I’m happy things are going in the right direction."

Lindor worked out on the field at Citi Field on July 28, and again on July 30, stretching and doing some light throwing while under the watchful eye of the Mets' training staff, and Rojas said he is feeling better.

“He’s still in the week-to-week approach. Better right now. He’s working on his movements defensively. … Trying to feel more comfortable with the movements there in his oblique. But he’s been progressing, he’s been better. As far as the timeline, we’re gonna keep approaching this week-to-week and see how he responds," Rojas said on July 30.

Zack Scott noted on July 26 that Lindor was likely in the "three-to-five week type of area" away from a return to the team.

The above timeline would put Lindor back between Aug. 16 and Aug. 30.

Lindor landed on the IL with a right oblique strain on July 17.

Potential return date: Mid-to-late August

Noah Syndergaard (TJS recovery)

Luis Rojas spoke about Syndergaard's progress on July 27, mentioning he was throwing off the mound for the first time.

"I was looking forward to this day, he was too. He's been pumped up, he's been working hard and doing everything," Rojas said.

Zack Scott said on July 26 that Syndergaard could potentially work out of the bullpen if and when he returns to the team, which Scott expects to happen this season.

"It’s hard to crystal ball that right now. I’d say someone of the quality of Noah Syndergaard can help us in different capacities," Scott said. "Whether that’s a reliever, a starter, I’d be thrilled with just having him and having that arm available to get important outs."

Potential return date: Sept. 1

David Peterson (right oblique strain, right foot fracture)

The Mets transferred Peterson to the 60-day IL on July 24 to make room on the 40-man roster for Mark Payton, who was acquired from Cincinnati. But when Peterson was transferred to the 60-day IL, it was announced that he had suffered a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. He had surgery on the injury on July 27.

Potential return date: TBD

Jose Peraza (fractured middle finger)

Peraza took grounders at Citi Field on July 23 while still wearing a splint on his finger, which he is not close to being rid of.

Peraza was placed on the 10-day IL on July 20 with a fractured right middle finger. Over 52 games, he's batting .205 with six home runs and 19 RBI.

Potential return date: TBD

Corey Oswalt (right knee inflammation)

The Mets announced on July 6 that Oswalt has been placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 5, with right knee inflammation.

The 27-year old Oswalt started for the Mets on July 4, allowing three earned runs over 4.0 innings of work against the Yankees.

Potential return date: TBD

Robert Gsellman (lat)

The Mets transferred Gsellman to the 60-day IL on June 23, shortly after he was shut down from throwing for six weeks due to a lat injury.

Gsellman last pitched on June 19 against the Washington Nationals, when he allowed one run on three hits in 2.0 innings while serving as the opener.

Potential return date: September

Joey Lucchesi (Tommy John surgery) and Dellin Betances (shoulder surgery) are out for the season

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