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Good news for Mets pitcher re­gard­ing son

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - BASEBALL -

AT­LANTA — Ja­cob deGrom re­turned to the New York Mets Satur­day and says all is well with his in­fant son, Jaxon, fol­low­ing a scare the pitcher re­vealed was a breath­ing prob­lem.

DeGrom will start to­day against the At­lanta Braves af­ter miss­ing one turn be­cause of a sore right lat mus­cle and an­other start due to his son’s health con­cern.

DeGrom says his son had a form of ap­nea that caused him to stop breath­ing af­ter fall­ing asleep.

“It was def­i­nitely scary,” deGrom said. “He had to be checked into the NICU and they had to mon­i­tor him in there, but when all the tests came back and noth­ing was se­ri­ously wrong we were pretty re­lieved. But at first it was a scary time.”

Con­cerns were re­lieved af­ter Jaxon was mon­i­tored for five con­sec­u­tive nights with­out the prob­lem re­cur­ring. The baby is home with deGrom’s wife, Stacy.

“The doc­tors said they go look­ing for prob­lems but you don’t re­ally want to find any,” deGrom said. “And luck­ily they didn’t find any. He’s do­ing great now.”

Now deGrom’s new con­cern is learn­ing how to change di­a­pers.

“That I’m still strug­gling with!” he said.

Man­ager Terry Collins said deGrom may be limited to 85 pitches to­day. DeGrom threw 71 pitches in a sim­u­lated game in Florida Tues­day.

Mean­while, out­fielder Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes did not play in Satur­day night’s game against the Braves af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing his bruised right leg while slid­ing into sec­ond with a dou­ble in Fri­day night’s game. He left the game an in­ning later.

Collins said Ce­s­pedes may be held out more than one day.

“I’m con­cerned that it might be, yeah,” Collins said. “The bruise is pretty big. It’s look­ing pretty bad.”

SETH WENIG / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILES

Mets pitcher Ja­cob deGrom had a scare with his young son, but all is now well.

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