Jacob deGrom confident ‘frustrating’ injury won’t end his Mets season

MIAMI — Jacob deGrom still doesn’t have an explanation for the discomfort in his elbow that caused him to stop throwing last week, but he’s operating under the assumption his season isn’t finished.

The Mets ace, speaking to reporters Tuesday for the first time since his shutdown, indicated he’s moved his arm freely in recent days without soreness and will await an MRI exam at some point to determine if the swelling has subsided enough so he can begin throwing again.

“The frustrating thing is not knowing why it’s there,” deGrom said before the Mets faced the Marlins. “Hopefully it’s gone whenever they look at it again.”

DeGrom, who exited the All-Star break with forearm tightness, termed this latest discomfort “more the elbow.” He said he was playing catch last week without any issue, but after a mound session felt something in his elbow that went beyond the scope of normal soreness. A subsequent MRI exam and CT scan ruled out ligament damage and the possibility of a bone spur, according to deGrom.

Jacob deGrom’s arm injury could keep him sidelined until September.Corey Sipkin

He was asked if it’s concerning that doctors haven’t identified the problem.

“Concerning? I don’t like it,” deGrom said. “I want to be pitching, that is one of the most frustrating things. I feel like I was having the best year of my career and then these little bumps and setbacks and now this.

“It’s definitely…

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