Jacob deGrom is expected to return to the Mets next week – fr

Put to put Jacob DeGrom on the 10-day injured list – fr

Mets ace Jacob deGrom made a minor league rehab debut last night, and this outing looks like all the right-hander will need. Jon Morosi of the MLB Network tweets that deGrom is expected to be activated on the 10-day injured list and make his next start with the Big League club. The most likely return date for DeGrom would be May 25 or 26, when the Mets host the Rockies.
DeGrom’s placement in IL was backdated to May 10, after experiencing some tension in his right side that led deGrom to quit his last start after five innings. Since an MRI came back clean, deGrom’s trip to the injury list was seen as just a precautionary measure to ensure he could come back to full fitness.

At first, it was not even known if a start of rehabilitation would be necessary, but deGrom made such an appearance last night for the A-ball branch of the Mets in St. Lucia. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, deGrom threw 41 pitches over three innings in the game, allowing no hits and recording eight strikeouts. He then threw a mock round in the bullpen to complete his evening’s work.

Needless to say, the Mets will welcome their returning ace under any circumstances, but deGrom’s return is particularly timely for a team with insufficient rotation. Marcus Stroman and David Peterson are the only healthy starters available, because Taijuan Walker just hit the IL wednesday and Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard are still in injury rehabilitation.


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