It didn’t seem like Robert Gsellman’s night could get a whole lot worse, but never say never.
Gsellman, who allowed six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief Tuesday, injured his left oblique on a pitch to Jose Iglesias in the eighth. Gsellman immediately doubled over after the pitch and had difficulty walking off the field. Luis Rojas said he would be evaluated further Wednesday.
“That was a scary moment watching him walk off the mound there and bending a little bit what seemed to be in pain,” Rojas said. “I saw him after the game moving better walking around ... We’ll see what we can find out about it [Wednesday] and reassess his status.”
Gsellman was making his return to the bullpen Tuesday night after starting four games. He’s struggled, amassing a 9.64 ERA in six appearances this year.
DeGrom on schedule
Rojas said that Seth Lugo and Jacob deGrom will swap their spots in the rotation, with Lugo pitching Saturday against the Jays instead of Friday, in an effort to keep deGrom in his regular routine while also squeezing as many starts from him as the schedule will allow.
“That’s one of the reasons obviously,” Rojas said. But also, “Jake is one of the best pitchers if not the best pitcher in the world and the thing is to keep his routine. He likes to throw every five days. He wants his routine for the five days.”
DeGrom is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA, second best in the National League.
More DH time for Pete
Pete Alonso got the start at first and hit fifth Tuesday night, but Rojas said to be prepared to see him plenty in the designated hitter role, in which he has hit .290; when playing first, he’s hitting .211 in 114 at-bats.