This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The 2020-21 MLB season has been greenlit, but it will be anything but normal. Player health will be one of the areas most drastically affected, which is to be expected as the league attempts to play in a pandemic. However, COVID-19 won't be the only concern. Compressing the schedule and altering the normal flow of a season likely will affect the injuries that occur and how they are managed. Soft tissue injuries may be on the rise, and the odds of a potential stress-related problems may also increase. Teams may opt to take a more conservative approach with treatment when an injury does occur in an attempt to preserve an athlete's long-term health and prepare them for what will hopefully be a more traditional 2021-22 season. Fantasy players, particularly those in one-year formats, must prepare to have a shorter leash with injured players, as a prolonged absence in a shortened season will be even more impactful.
The two-time NL Cy Young winner made an early exit in last week's intrasquad game due to tightness in his back. An MRI performed on the area did not reveal any major issues, and it appears the problem is a mild back strain. DeGrom was able to pitch in a simulated game over the weekend and did not report any lingering symptoms. He remains in line for an Opening Day start, but this situation is the perfect example of what I described above. I expect the Mets to handle their ace very