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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 23: Jacob deGrom #48 of the Texas Rangers returns to the dugout after his eleventh strikeout to end the inning during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Field on April 23, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Bailey Orr/Texas Rangers/Getty Images)

Former New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom will once again go under the knife for Tommy John Surgery.

The bad news hit the two-time Cy Young Award winner on Tuesday when an MRI revealed that the elbow inflammation that put deGrom on the Texas Rangers 60-day Injury List will now keep him out for a better part of the next two years.

“This stinks. It’s not ideal,” an emotional deGrom told reporters. “But at least we know what it is now. I want to get it fixed and will set a goal to be back before the end of next year.”

deGrom won two Cy Young Awards with the Mets in 2018 and 2019. He was pound-for-pound the best pitcher in baseball during that span, even on Mets teams that weren’t very good.

He was on his way to a third Cy Young Award in 2021 after posting a record of 7-2 and an ERA of 1.08. But one July evening he left a game against the San Diego Padres because of inflammation in his right elbow and has never been the same since.

Mets Team President Sandy Alderson at the time told reporters it was a partial tear of the UCL, and, with time, would heal naturally. Instead deGrom missed the rest of the 2021 season, and most of the 2022 season before returning in August.

By last off-season, the Mets offered deGrom a shorter term deal of three-years. He opted instead to take a long term, five-year, $185 million deal in Texas.

That deal looks like a poison pill for the Rangers. Reports are they didn’t insure the contract, and that there is a 2028 Tommy John Surgery clause that would pay deGrom between $20 and $37 million.

Think the Rangers are likely kicking themselves? Think the Mets are taking a slight sigh of relief?

Probably ‘yes’ to both.

It’s a sad story. When healthy Jacob deGrom was the best pitcher in the game. He would top over 100 mph, and no matter how many times he threw his fastball, or slider, hitters couldn’t catch it. From 2018 through 2021 he was virtually unhittable.

Baseball is a cruel game.

New Jersey Election 2023: Primary Election Day, What You Need To Know

Just two years ago, New Jersey voters participated in the gubernatorial election. Now, 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature are up for the taking. Tuesday’s election winners will solidly candidates for their respective seats this coming November. According to NorthJersey.com, New Jersey has 2.5 million registered Democrats, 1.5 million registered Republicans and about 6.5 million voters overall.

Take a look at what you need to know before you hit the polls today:

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    New Jersey offers three ways to vote. Registered New Jersey voters can vote by mail, in advance of the primary, or on-site at a polling location on Tuesday, June 6. Please note as of Tuesday (June 6), voters can only vote in person if previously registered. Mail-in ballots were due Monday (June 5) by 3 p.m. at the latest.

  • Poll Times

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    Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. You can find your polling place here.

  • Voter ID

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    If you’ve voted in New Jersey before or provided ID at registration, you don’t need to show ID to vote. If it is your first time voting in New Jersey or you did not provide your ID when you registered, you must bring it to the polling location per Vote.org. You can supplement your ID with a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you vote.

  • Voting Party Information

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    Which party do I vote for in the primary?

    New Jersey has a closed primary system. Voters with a declared party affiliation can only vote for their respective party’s nominees, per NorthJersey.com.

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