Texas Rangers Jacob deGrom (35) was replaced with a wrist injury.
DeGrom started the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, USA on the 18th (Korean time) and recorded 4 innings, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and no runs.
DeGrom, who won back-to-back National League Cy Young Awards in 2018 and 2019, is one of the best aces in the major leagues. This season, he signed a contract with Texas for 5 years and 185 million dollars (approximately 244.1 billion won) and moved the team, winning 4 games (20⅔ innings) and recording an average ERA of 3.48.
DeGrom overpowered the Kansas City batters by throwing a fastball that reached 100 miles per hour (160.9 km) in the game. He pitched until the fourth inning, where he did not allow a single hit, but injuries crippled him.
MLB.com,안전놀이터 the official major league media, said, “DeGrom showed an overwhelming pitch by recording no hits until the fourth inning. But in his first away game, de Grom was suddenly substituted. He felt pain in his right wrist, so he stopped pitching as a precaution.”
“I thought the pain would get better with time,” deGrom says. But in reality it got tighter and tighter. So I moved smartly. Can I keep throwing? I could probably throw it. But the pain continued and was getting worse,” he explained of his wrist condition.
DeGrom, who has been struggling with injuries lately, hasn’t exceeded 100 innings in a single season since 2019. Last season, he went 5-4 with a 3.08 earned run average in 11 games (64⅓ innings).