Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen denies dictating in-game decisions
New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen denied a report that he ordered manager Mickey Callaway to pull starting pitcher Jacob deGrom from the June 1 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of a hip cramp.
The New York Post reported on Monday that the first-year general manager reached Callaway through support staff to have deGrom removed from his start in Phoenix. The right-hander left after 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits, striking out seven and walking one.
DeGrom was irate at the time and after the game said he felt fine.
"It's not true," Van Wagenen said of the report, but did say the front office exercises its right to check with training staff if a player is injured.
"No in-game decisions are ever called down from the dugout," Van Wagenen said. "We're not allowed to communicate with Mickey or his coaching staff during the games. We're not doing that."
Callaway said he believes Van Wagenen is giving him complete authority to make in-game decisions and is not concerned about the June 1 matter. However, he did indicate there was some level of input from the front office.
"I think that we got information from all parties and we made the decision to take care of our ace pitcher that's going to be here for a long time," Callaway said. "We all thought it was prudent at that point."