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Pitcher breathes easy after infant's health scare

Jacob deGrom says his son, Jaxon, had a form of apnea that caused him to stop breathing after falling asleep.

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Jacob deGrom says his son, Jaxon, had a form of apnea that caused him to stop breathing after falling asleep.

ATLANTA — RHP Jacob deGrom returned to the Mets on Saturday and said all is well with his infant son, Jaxon, after a scare the pitcher revealed was a breathing problem.

DeGrom is set to start today against the Braves after missing one turn because of a sore right lat muscle and another start due to his son's health concern.

DeGrom said his son had a form of apnea that caused him to stop breathing after falling asleep.

"It was definitely scary," deGrom said. "He had to be checked into the NICU and they had to monitor him in there, but when all the tests came back and nothing was seriously wrong we were pretty relieved. But at first it was a scary time."

Concerns were relieved after Jaxon was monitored for five straight nights without the problem recurring. The baby is home with deGrom's wife, Stacy.

"The doctors said they go looking for problems but you don't really want to find any," deGrom said. "And luckily they didn't find any. He's doing great now."

Now deGrom's new concern is learning how to change diapers.

"That I'm still struggling with!" he said.

Also, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes didn't play Saturday night against the Braves after aggravating his bruised right leg while sliding into second with a double in Friday night's game. He left the game an inning later.

TWINS TO HONOR PRINCE: The Twins plan to pay tribute to Minneapolis resident Prince when they return home from a road trip Monday. The visionary musician died Thursday at age 57. "We're all walking up to Prince songs," said All-Star 2B Brian Dozier, who chose Purple Rain as his walkup music. The Twins will also don purple wristbands, hold a moment of silence before the game and introduce Little Red Corvette as their new seventh-inning stretch song. Also, the Twins scratched RHP Ervin Santana from his scheduled start today because of a sore lower back.

UMP INJURED: Umpire Jeff Kellogg, who left Friday night's game between the Mets and Braves with an undisclosed injury, was replaced by Greg Gibson for the rest of the weekend series.

MINOR-LEAGUE NO-NO: Warwick Saupold dominated through five innings, Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth and Triple-A Toledo (Tigers) got its first nine-inning no-hitter since 1994 with a 5-0 victory over Charlotte (White Sox).

INDIANS: OF Michael Brantley, who is coming back from right shoulder surgery, went 0-for-3 with a walk Friday night in his first rehab game with Triple-A Columbus. He could be activated during this week's series in Minnesota.

NATIONALS: RHP Joe Ross (blister) still hopes to make his next scheduled start Tuesday. Manager Dusty Baker, who watched Ross test the injury Friday, wasn't so sure. "I don't know if he could throw a full game like that," he said. "There's skin over it, but it looks kind of like an open wound where they shaved the callus off."

ORIOLES: RHP Yovani Gallardo went on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. Gallardo complained of a sore shoulder in his start Friday against the Royals and was pulled after two innings. He's scheduled for an MRI exam today.

PHILLIES: RHP Charlie Morton left in the second inning after straining his left hamstring running to first base on an attempted sacrifice.

YANKEES: RH reliever Branden Pinder has a partial ligament tear in his right elbow and must decide whether to have Tommy John surgery. … OF Aaron Hicks was sent for an MRI exam on his sore left shoulder.

Pitcher breathes easy after infant's health scare 04/23/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:50pm]
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