TODAY: DeGrom will start against the Rockies on Tuesday, Mets manager Luis Rojas told Newsday’s Tim Healey and other reporters.
MAY 21: Mets ace Jacob deGrom made a minor league rehab start last night, and that one outing looks to be all the right-hander will need. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi tweets that the expectation is that deGrom will be activated off the 10-day injured list and make his next start with the big league club. The most likely return date for DeGrom would be on May 25 or 26, when the Mets host the Rockies.
DeGrom’s IL placement was backdated to May 10, after he experienced some tightness in his right side that resulted in deGrom leaving his most recent start after five innings. Since an MRI came back clean, deGrom’s trip to the injury list was seen as just a precautionary move to ensure that he could return in top form.
It initially wasn’t even known if a rehab start would be necessary, but deGrom made such an appearance last night for the Mets’ A-ball affiliate in St. Lucie. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, deGrom threw 41 pitches over three innings in the game, not allowing any hits and recording eight strikeouts. He then threw a simulated inning in the bullpen afterwards to complete his evening’s work.
Needless to say, the Mets will welcome their ace back under any circumstances, but deGrom’s return is particularly well-timed for a team with an undermanned rotation. Marcus Stroman and David Peterson are the only healthy starters available, as Taijuan Walker just hit the IL on Wednesday and Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard are still rehabbing injuries.