New York Mets right-handed starter Jacob deGrom may miss his team’s season-opening series against the Kansas City Royals not because of any injury, but due to the impending birth of his son, according to Kristie Ackert of The New York Daily News.
deGrom discussed the matter when talking about how a too-soft mattress gave him a stiff back that forced a missed start, and was blunt about everything.
“I have to be there when my son is born,” deGrom said.
This is an interesting development, especially considering how deGrom is vying with teammate Matt Harvey for the distinction of being the Mets’ Opening Day starter in a few weeks. Should he outperform Harvey in the competition, what would it be worth if he needs to leave the Mets at the start of the season anyway?
The good news is that Mets management is aware of the situation and appears completely fine with it.
“I have absolutely no issue with it,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “I think he should be there, absolutely he needs to be there. We can easily work around it. I had no issue when Daniel [Murphy] went on the paternity list. He needed to be there and we were just fine.”
And that’s just how it should be. Keep in mind that this is Jacob deGrom’s first child, so he really should be there with his wife, Stacey, as their son enters the world.
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