The Mets have been without offseason pickup José Quintana all season thanks to a Spring Training rib issue that required surgery. The veteran southpaw got positive news this afternoon though. After receiving good results on a recent CT scan, Quintana told reporters he’s set to begin throwing off a mound for the first time since March (relayed by Tim Healey of Newsday).
Quintana is in for an extended rehab process. He’ll need to build up arm strength and progress to throwing live batting practice sessions before a minor league rehab stint that’s sure to encompass multiple starts. During the spring, the Mets provided a July estimate for Quintana’s return to major league action. There’s no indication that timetable has changed, but it’s a positive development his recovery is going as anticipated.
New York has had one of the least productive rotations thus far. They entered play Friday with a 5.29 rotation ERA that ranks 25th leaguewide. That should improve with Justin Verlander back from an early-season injured list stint and Max Scherzer unlikely to carry a 4.88 ERA all season. Still, with Carlos Carrasco allowing nearly an earned run per inning and underwhelming work from depth starters David Peterson, Tylor Megill and Joey Lucchesi, the Mets could certainly use some stability from Quintana in the second half.
The latest on some other health situations around the game:
- The Padres placed starter Seth Lugo on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to May 17, due to a right calf strain. Southpaw Ryan Weathers was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to replace him in the rotation. Signed to a two-year free agent guarantee, Lugo has made eight starts in his move back to the rotation from relief. He’s acquitted himself reasonably well, posting a 4.10 ERA with a roughly league average 21.3% strikeout rate across 41 2/3 innings. The 33-year-old righty is looking to reestablish himself as a starter and could retest the market next winter. His $15MM contract allows him to opt out of the final year and $7.5MM at season’s end.
- Jacob deGrom threw a 25-pitch bullpen session this afternoon, writes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. It has been three weeks since the two-time Cy Young winner hit the injured list with elbow inflammation. deGrom told Grant and other reporters he came out of the session feeling good, opining he’s “turned a corner” in his ramp-up. Rangers skipper Bruce Bochy indicated on May 9 the club felt deGrom was two to three weeks from a return to a big league mound. While it doesn’t seem he’ll be back within the next few days, all indications are the issue isn’t as alarming as it first seemed given deGrom’s health history. Last offseason’s big-ticket free agent addition has a 2.67 ERA with an elite 39.1% strikeout percentage in his first 30 1/3 innings in a Ranger uniform.
- The Guardians put starter Peyton Battenfield on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to May 18, with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. The rookie righty has been a member of Cleveland’s rotation since being called up in mid-April. He’s started six of seven appearances but struggled to a 5.19 ERA through 34 2/3 innings. The Oklahoma State product has a modest 18.5% strikeout rate and has given up seven home runs. He spent virtually all of last season with Triple-A Columbus, working to a 3.63 ERA over 28 starts. Battenfield’s next turn through the rotation was scheduled for Monday, so the Guardians will need to settle on a replacement for that series opener against the White Sox.
- The Braves placed reliever Dylan Lee on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to May 17, on account of shoulder inflammation. Fellow southpaw Lucas Luetge was activated from an IL stint of his own in a corresponding move. Lee was somewhat quietly among the best relievers in the game last season, when he worked to a 2.13 ERA while striking out 29.4% of batters faced in 50 1/3 innings. He’s not been quite at that pace this year but still carries a solid 3.10 ERA and 27.1% strikeout percentage in 20 appearances. Luetge, acquired in an offseason trade with the Yankees, has made just five appearances with his new team thus far thanks to a bout of biceps inflammation.
deGoat is almost back!
He’s also almost gone again
de Greatest of the Last Few Years-When Healthy
@gbs. Good job. You just described every elite pitcher these days. They all end up hitting the IL.
Why would they let degrom throw 25 pitches in one afternoon!!! That’s 1/4 of his total for the year!
If you have him throw more then you can’t honestly expect him to be able to change clothes for promotional materials in 2024! He can’t dress himself without his shoulder exploding into a million pieces.
Megill and Luchessi haven’t been that bad. I know the peripherals are not encouraging. Peterson is the one whose imploded. Dylan Lee is truly underrated. Braves keep getting injured.
The comment about them all was misleading. Megill has been pretty dependable. Agree, Peterson needs to go. Lucchessi has been up and down but serviceable.
He doesn’t care if Megill is performing decent he’s looking at that WHIP, FIP, etc and the fact that he doesn’t strike a lot out. It probably means his numbers are gonna get worse unless he gets hot but it doesn’t mean he has been bad. That’s the part where they go too far.
Peterson may be better off in the pen
Are Mets fans really counting on Quintana to turn things around? I thought he was signed as depth, and a favorite to win the 5th spot.
4th starter was the plan, with Carrasco as 5th starter.
This was odd reading the first 4 names and then realizing this was NOT. A Mets exclusive article
But your comment was written as if you flunked English for not knowing about punctuation and incomplete sentences.
deGrom is like playing OOTP and you make him the closer and you get an angry email from him saying, “I think I’m a pretty good pitcher! I expect a spot in the starting rotation!”
Meanwhile his injury risk is “high”
So you keep him as the closer and morale goes to “Bad” and he has the angry face
So his performance as closer suffers because he has bad morale and you switch him back to the rotation and he ends up with a career ending elbow injury
I thought the Mets should have signed Kyle Gibson. They had enough high upside starters with Scherzer and Verlander
Now you just needed control pitchers. Senga and Gibson would have been nice
They really miss Bassitt, who is top ten in the league in wins
Phillies also miss Gibson. They went more higher upside with Walker
And, oh yeah, it goes without saying but, please don’t be the sheepish casual who replies “wins are team dependent! Don’t you know anything?”
6 of the 24 active pitchers with more career wins than DeGrom:
Pitchers who will pass deGrom on the active wins list with 8 or less more wins:
6 of the 24 active pitchers with more career wins than DeGrom:
Pitchers who will pass deGrom on the active wins list with 8 or less wins:
Remember when the blather in March was how the Mets had SPs 6 through 8 “who would start for most teams”?
I remember those comments.