Jacob deGrom leaves game after one never-ending inning

PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom hyperextended his pitch count in his first inning back Sunday afternoon.

Making his first start since May 2, with a trip to the disabled list for a hyperextended elbow in between, deGrom threw 45 pitches to get three outs in the first inning against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

With deGrom’s spot due up in the top of the second, manager Mickey Callaway opted to pull the starter and pinch-hit Luis Guillorme. Robert Gsellman relieved him on the mound in the bottom of the second.

The Mets announced deGrom left the game for precautionary reasons, citing his hefty pitch count and a 59-minute rain delay, as opposed to an injury.

Miraculously, deGrom escaped the first inning without allowing a run. He walked the first three batters he faced on full counts before finally striking out Rhys Hoskins for the first out on his 30th pitch. He got Carlos Santana to ground into a fielder’s choice, with deGrom throwing home to get the force out, then struck out Maikel Franco in a 10-pitch at-bat to end the frame.

In total, deGrom threw 29 strikes — 20 fouls, four swing-and-misses, four called strikes and one ball in play — and 16 balls.

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