Just when it seemed like the New York Mets were FINALLY starting to play to their potential, a seismic quake has rocked them to their core. Now, all fans and players can do, is wait.

Mets' ace pitcher Jacob deGrom was pulled from his start yesterday afternoon, with the early diagnosis being tightness in his lower back. deGrom had already missed a start earlier in the week due to the same injury, and was forced to leave yesterday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks before the start of the 6th inning. The right-hander is scheduled to have an MRI soon, and while I can't confirm it's today, I would assume they're trying to have him examined as soon as possible.

But, what could this mean for deGrom, and for the Mets?

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After a swift Google search of "lower back right side injury", I found the hypochondriac's dream, thanks to Medical News Today:

Possible causes of lower back pain on the right side include sprains and strains, kidney stones, infections, and conditions that affect the intestines or reproductive organs.

Today's lesson, folks? Don't trust everything you read online.

That being said, assuming it's not intestinal distress or reproductive organ issues, it still could be a serious injury if not handled properly. That area of the back is integral in the pitching motion, and not being able to bend comfortably can really limit a pitcher's ability to be effective.

For the Mets, this is a Code Red, sound-the-alarm-type moment for their season. Despite additions of Francisco Lindor on offense, Taijuan Walker in the rotation and Trevor May in the bullpen, this team goes as Jacob deGrom goes. Here's hoping for fans of the Mets, and baseball, that nothing serious will come from today's round of MRIs.

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