New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom left his start Wednesday night due to right shoulder soreness after pitching three perfect innings against the visiting Chicago Cubs.
In the third, deGrom appeared to be stretching his shoulder, and as the Mets batted in the bottom half, reliever Sean Reid-Foley began warming up quickly. Reid-Foley replaced deGrom in the fourth.
deGrom retired the first nine hitters on 51 pitches. He struck out eight, including the last seven he faced in a row, and threw 11 pitches at least 100 mph.
It was the second straight start deGrom departed early due to injury. On Friday against the San Diego Padres, he was pulled because of right flexor tendinitis after throwing 80 pitches in six innings.
Following the Friday outing, deGrom said he was not concerned. An MRI on Saturday came back clean and the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner did his usual routine in between starts.