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Mets pitcher deGrom on leave as new baby battles medical issue

Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets watches the action against the Philadelphia Phillies from the dugout on April 9, 2016
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New York (AFP) – The New York Mets placed right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom on Major League Baseball’s family medical emergency list on Saturday to be with his ailing new baby.

Mets manager Terry Collins said there were “complications” shortly after deGrom’s wife, Stacey, gave birth to their first child, son Jaxon Anthony, on Monday.

“We’re all praying and pulling for him,” Collins said.

DeGrom, 27, left the team to be with his wife in Florida for the baby’s birth.

“There’s been some complications, and Jake needs to stay in Florida for a few days,” said Collins, who said he wasn’t qualified to elaborate.

“I’ve spoken to him every day. He’s where you would expect him to be. He’s not been sleeping much, we’re rooting for him, Stacey and the baby to hang in there.”

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