After staging a pre-game session in the bullpen on Saturday at the Nationals Park, the Mets ace – who left his last start on Wednesday after just three innings due to discomfort in his right shoulder – said he expects to throw in turn unless he wakes up on Sunday in pain.
DeGrom’s theory is that he aggravated his shoulder in a Wednesday batting game against the Cubs, on one hit and one failure before delivering a single RBI that increased his batting average to 0.423.
“Normally it hurts when I throw, but not during the game,” deGrom said on his 33rd birthday. “I think I made it worse and then I felt it when I was on the mound, so I thought it was the right decision to say something. Feeling him throw isn’t ideal – I didn’t want to change the mechanics and end up hurting something else.
DeGrom was asked how he would approach hitting.
“I guess I’ll have to take it,” deGrom said.
Said he could abstain, deGrom joked, “It also depends on where they put me in the roster. You don’t want to fall for the four holes.
As much as deGrom enjoys playing with the bat, he also realizes that his main goal is to put an end to the opposition.
“The bottom line is to be healthy and to be on the mound,” said deGrom, who leads the MLB with a 0.54 ERA. “It’s probably not smart to go out there and swing like I’m swinging. “
Manager Luis Rojas wouldn’t officially say deGrom will take his next turn in the rotation. Rojas said the Mets are still taking the situation “day to day”. Among the possibilities, the Mets could fend off deGrom, who underwent an MRI scan last week that showed a “clean” shoulder.
DeGrom also had an MRI scan after his previous debut, which he left with right flexor tendonitis. It also showed no structural damage. Last month, deGrom missed two starts on the injured list with pain in his right side.
He was asked if he should consider stepping back for a start or two this time around to make sure he’s in good health.
“It was a discussion,” deGrom said. “But after going through and getting some pictures on it, seeing where he was and how he reacted over the past two days, I decided to try and proceed as usual. ”