Texas Rangers right handed batsman jacob degrom was pulled from his debut on Monday night against Royal Family Causes of right wrist pain in Kansas City.
The team called the move a precautionary measure and said deGrom would continue to be evaluated.
DeGrom had pitched four hitless innings before departing, striking out five and walking one while throwing 39 of his 58 pitches for a strikeout. Dan Dunning He was replaced after getting the win after throwing 4⅓ innings of one-hit ball in a 4–0 Texas victory.
“I felt it a little hot,” deGrom said. “I thought it was going to be loose and it actually got a little tighter as the game went on.
“We’re playing it smart. Could I have kept up? Maybe. But it was sluggish and it got a little worse as the game went on. I want to play it safe. We’ve got a long season ahead of us.”
DeGrom is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA this season.
“I’m honestly not too concerned,” deGrom said. “I think I’ll make my next [start]But we’ll see how it is tomorrow.”
DeGrom signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Rangers after his decorated stint with the Mets. Injuries, however, have been a problem for the 34-year-old. He missed the first four months of last season with a stress reaction in his shoulder, and injuries limited him to 224⅓ innings over the past three seasons entering 2023.
He also suffered a minor setback early in the spring after feeling some stiffness in his left side.
Texas manager Bruce Bochy said any time a player has to be taken out of a game due to injury is a concern, but he remains optimistic.
“We’ll reevaluate that tomorrow,” Bochi said. “Whenever you get someone out, it’s a fair question. I think I can answer it better tomorrow. Right now, I feel great about it.”
This report used information from The Associated Press.