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Mets’ DeGrom To Go On 15-Day DL; Montero To Fill In On Tuesday Vs. Nats

Jacob deGrom pitches in the third inning at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Jacob deGrom pitches in the third inning at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — The news on Jacob deGrom is in and it’s not as bad as first feared.

The rookie right-hander will go on the 15-day disabled list with tendonitis of the right rotator cuff, the Mets announced following their 5-3 victory in Philadelphia on Monday.

Rafael Montero was en route from Las Vegas to New York to take deGrom’s spot in the rotation against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

DeGrom, who is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts, said his shoulder felt sore on Friday, the day after throwing 97 pitches over six innings in Washington, but added he didn’t believe it was “anything serious at all.”

“I could probably go out there and pitch with it right now,” the 26-year-old said at the time. “But I think, just talking with them, at this time of the year, it’s not really worth pushing it. If I can skip one and be 100 percent and let it calm down, that was what they kind of talked about.”

DeGrom said he “felt fine” Thursday, especially as the game progressed.

“There’s two sides,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, according to the team’s official website. “He’s not concerned about it, the trainers really aren’t. I’m not overly concerned except he’s a young kid whose got a sore shoulder. That scares me. So we’re going to go get it checked and let the professionals tell us how it is. He wanted to throw a side (session on Sunday) and I said, ‘No.’”

MEJIA BANGED UP, TOO

Mets closer Jenrry Mejia did not have his best stuff Sunday. He had a good reason for that.

Mejia revealed after the game he has been pitching with a hernia problem for three weeks.

Ryan Howard had the game-ending single off Mejia with two outs in the ninth inning after pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd had a tying hit, and the Phillies pulled out a 7-6 victory.

Mejia said he saw the Phillies’ team doctor on Saturday and was given medication to cope with the pain but expects to have surgery in the offseason to repair the problem.

“Doctors say if it bothers me too much to let him fix it, but I don’t want to let him know because I want to keep pitching,” Mejia said. “I want to take some pills and keep pitching. I think I can keep going.”

Mejia, who is 17 of 20 on save opportunities, was held out of Friday’s game due to a right calf injury.

“Everything’s OK,” Mejia said. “There’s no excuse.”

HEFNER GETS MORE BAD NEWS

Jeremy Hefner, who pitched in 2012 and ’13 for the Mets and was recovering from Tommy John surgery, learned Monday that he has another tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and a stress fracture in his right arm.

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