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Report: Texas SP Jacob deGrom to have Tommy John surgery, done for 2023 season

Jacob deGrom will miss the remainder of the 2023 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Jacob deGrom #48 of the Texas Rangers returns to the dugout after his eleventh strikeout to end the inning during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Field on April 23, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Bailey Orr/Texas Rangers/Getty Images

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jacob deGrom will undergo Tommy John Surgery. His first season with the team is likely over. He hasn’t pitched since the end of April when he first felt something in his elbow. deGrom pitched 3.2 innings against the New York Yankees and had been working his way back rehabbing over the last month. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to overcome the injury and it will require surgery.

deGrom was playing in his first season with the Texas Rangers. The long-time New York Mets ace signed a 5-year, $185 million deal with Texas in the offseason. This is deGrom’s 10th year in the MLB. He only ended up pitching in six games and finished the season with a 2-0 record and a 2.67 ERA. The way that injury timelines were shattered with Bryce Harper’s return from Tommy John, there is technically an outside chance that deGrom can take the mound again this year. It is more likely, though, that he won’t pitch again until 2024.

The soon-to-be 35-year-old hasn’t pitched a full season since the shortened 2020 campaign. In 2021 he dealt with forearm tightness and soreness in his elbow. In 2022. he had a stress fracture in his right scapula that caused him not to appear in a game until the beginning of August. deGrom will hopefully be able to bounce back from this surgery, but the injury history is concerning for whether or not he will be able to play out the remaining four years of his contract.