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Mets scratch Jacob deGrom due to neck tightness

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets celebrates the final out of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA -- The New York Mets have scratched two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom from his start against the Phillies on Friday.

DeGrom says he has neck tightness, but “everything is fine structurally” and he doesn’t plan to go on the injury list. The right-hander felt soreness playing catch after his last start. He threw from the mound Thursday and thought he could still pitch the opener of a three-game series in Philadelphia but will skip the outing as a precaution.

DeGrom is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts this season.