KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Texas Rangers ace Jacob deGrom left Monday night's start against the Kansas City Royals after four hitless innings because of a sore right wrist.
The team said deGrom was removed as a precaution. He struck out five and walked one, throwing 39 of his 58 pitches for strikes.
Beset by injuries the past two seasons with the New York Mets, the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner signed a $185 million, five-year contract with Texas as a free agent in December.
The right-hander entered 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in three starts for the Rangers.
The last time deGrom started more than 15 games in a season was 2019 with the Mets.