WASHINGTON - Jacob deGrom spent much of the second half trying to block out thoughts about his candidacy for the National League Rookie of the Year award.
Now, he can lift that restriction.
"I've tried not to think about it that much," said the Mets' righthander, who will not make another start this season. "But right now, now I'm thinking about it. It would be a great honor."
Manager Terry Collins announced the decision on deGrom Tuesday night before Adam LaRoche's three-run homer in the fifth off Bartolo Colon powered the Nationals to a 4-2 victory.
"One more start could lead to some trouble," Collins said. "We're going to avoid that. The big picture was to make sure that when this season was over, those five guys [the starting rotation] were going to be healthy and I think we've reached that point."
DeGrom finished 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA in 23 starts. Counting his stint at Triple-A Las Vegas, he threw 1782/3 innings, just short of his innings cap of roughly 185.
"It was a big year for me, my first year in the big leagues, so I'll take a lot," said deGrom, who began the season with little fanfare. "Knowing that I can pitch here is definitely going to help me out going into next year."
Rafael Montero will start in deGrom's place on Saturday night against the Astros.
In addition to deGrom, nagging injuries have prompted the Mets to shut down several other promising players.
Centerfielder Juan Lagares (elbow), reliever Vic Black (shoulder) and second baseman Dilson Herrera (quad) will not play in any of the remaining five games.
Collins said that Lagares will not require elbow surgery, which would have required a lengthy recovery. Instead, he will begin a rehab program that should allow him to be ready by spring training.