The Denver Post

Mets’ deGrom plays catch, studies mechanics amid side issue

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom resumed playing catch and plans to evaluate his mechanics after New York placed him on the 10-day injured list Tuesday because of tightness in his right side.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner hopes his IL stint will be brief.

“We have to be smart there,” he said. “Don’t do something where it turns into, now I’m missing a couple of months.”

DeGrom was pulled from a game Sunday against Arizona, his first appearance after skipping a start due to discomfort in his right lat muscle. The 32-year-old got an MRI on Sunday night that showed no structural damage.

Mets manager Luis Rojas said the team was unsure how the issue arose for deGrom, who is 3-2 with a major league-best 0.68 ERA along with 65 strikeouts in 40 innings.

“The plan right now is to treat it because it’s tightness and to make sure that when he’s throwing, there’s nothing getting out of whack because of the tightness,” Rojas said.

2-time All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann retires.

MILWAUKEE» Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann retired Tuesday two appearance­s into his 13th season in the major leagues, ending a career in which the two-time All-Star pitched the Nationals’ first no-hitter.

Zimmermann went 95-91 with a 4.07 ERA. He was an NL All-Star in 2013 and ‘14 while with the Nationals. The 34-year-old righthande­r from Auburndale, Wisconsin, made two relief appearance­s for his home-state team this season and had a 0-0 record with a 7.94 ERA.

“My mind was still in it, but my body wasn’t,” Zimmermann said Tuesday. “Living out of suitcases half the year. I felt like it was the right thing to do at this time, to call it a career. I’m happy to start the next chapter of my life.”

Zimmermann thanked the Nationals, Detroit Tigers and Brewers for giving him the opportunit­y to play and also expressed gratitude to all his friends, teammates and family members.

Mets’ McNeil, Almora exit with injuries against Orioles.

NEW YORK» The New York Mets lost All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil to body cramps and center fielder Albert Almora Jr. after a vicious crash with the outfield wall during a game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Almora tracked Austin Hays’ rocket to the warning track in center and had the ball in his glove when he slammed face-first into the wall. His head left an indention on the padded fencing.

The ball fell out of his mitt, and

Almora crashed to the warning track, where he remained face down for over a minute.

New York Yankees coach Phil Nevin has positive COVID-19 test. ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.»New York Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin is away from the team after a positive COVID-19 test.

New York announced the positive test for Nevin, who is fully vaccinated, about two hours before the scheduled first pitch Tuesday night at Tampa Bay.

Nevin is under quarantine protocol in nearby Tampa. Under Major League Baseball’s guidance and advice, and with its assistance, additional testing and contact tracing are ongoing.

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