DeGrom departed Citi Field about 3 p.m. ET on Monday headed for a private jet after receiving the long-awaited call that his wife Stacey had gone into labor in Florida with the couple's first child. The baby boy had been due six days ago.
DeGrom previously had been scratched from Wednesday's start because he experienced right lat tightness during his season debut on Friday. Logan Verrett instead is due to start the series finale.
Mets officials have no immediate plans to place deGrom on paternity leave -- which can last one to three days -- and fly in a pitcher from Triple-A Las Vegas. They nonetheless reserved the right to reverse that decision if the bullpen gets overtaxed on Monday.
Playing a man down for now is preferred because of MLB rules regarding the disabled list. Right now, if deGrom rejoins the Mets after spending time with his family and the lat issue persists, a 15-day DL stint can be backdated to Saturday, the day after deGrom last pitched. But if deGrom goes on official paternity leave and the Mets promote another player, the Mets could only backdate any subsequent DL stint to the end of the paternity leave -- potentially losing deGrom for longer than desired.
Also pregame Monday:
Closer Jeurys Familia is battling "a little illness," but is available to pitch, according to manager Terry Collins.
Yoenis Cespedes will receive an American League Gold Glove award in a pregame ceremony Monday. Cespedes will be recognized for his time in left field with the Detroit Tigers last season, before his July 31 trade to the Mets.
Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores are due to be in the starting lineup on Wednesday when the Mets face left-hander Adam Conley. Conley will become the first southpaw starter the Mets have faced this season. Lagares' presence likely would shift Cespedes from center to left field and relegate Michael Conforto to the bench. Meanwhile, Flores likely will start at whichever infield position has the regular starter who is struggling the most.
David Wright will not have to sit one game just because the Mets play a day game on Wednesday after a night game on Tuesday. While the Mets do not want to overtax Wright's lower back, the team guidelines in place to protect the captain are not so rigid as to force Wright out of the lineup one of those games -- unless he volunteers that he needs a day off. The Mets will be off Thursday before beginning a three-city road trip. Collins said Wright probably would have played all three weekend games against the Philadelphia Phillies, too, but he sat Saturday because of the frigid temperatures and dampness.
Matt Harvey has struck out three or fewer batters in consecutive games for the first time in his career. Still, Collins insisted he is "not concerned." Collins said he is just seeking consistency throughout outings from Harvey, who is 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA. Collins wants his pitchers to induce more contact anyway rather than accumulate high strikeout totals. That should help keep their pitch counts lower and keep them in games longer.