Rangers star Jacob deGrom trying to stay 'optimistic' after landing on IL due to elbow injury

Texas Rangers star Jacob deGrom is trying to stay positive, but that has been admittedly difficult in recent days.

DeGrom landed on the injured list Saturday due to right elbow inflammation, something that will keep him sidelined through at least May 14.

"I want to be out there," deGrom said Sunday, via The Associated Press. "There's a little inflammation in there, so the goal is to get that knocked out here in the next few days and resume throwing. So staying optimistic about it."

DeGrom was pulled from Friday’s 5-2 win over the New York Yankees midway through the fourth inning. He didn’t seem to be in a lot of pain on the mound, and the decision to pull him was initially described as “precautionary.”

The team said after the game that deGrom left due to forearm tightness, and then he was placed on the IL on Saturday with what the team called right elbow inflammation.

DeGrom has left early in two of his past three starts. He left the Rangers' April 17 game against the Kansas City Royals early due to right wrist soreness. DeGrom, who signed a five-year, $185 million deal with the Rangers this past offseason, made just 26 starts for the New York Mets the past two seasons while dealing with various injuries.

"Obviously, the goal was to not go on the IL. The goal was to make 30-plus starts and put this team in position to win," deGrom said. "It's disappointing to not be able to do that right now, but stay optimistic about it. Everything structurally looks fine, so get a little bit of that swelling out of there and pick up from there."

The Rangers, who closed out their four-game series against the Yankees with a 15-2 win Sunday, will kick off a two-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.