The best rotation in MLB is one step closer to adding baseball’s best pitcher back into the mix.
Jacob deGrom will have a follow-up MRI on the stress reaction in his right shoulder blade on Monday. The MRI will take place in Florida, where deGrom has spent most of his time since the Mets began their season on April 7.
If all goes well for deGrom after his first shoulder pictures since learning of his injury, he should presumably be cleared to pitch again. DeGrom still has a full breakthrough ahead of him whenever he gets that permission to start baseball activities again.
“Everything is going great,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday. “They are very happy with where it is now.”
The MRI will take place about three and a half weeks after deGrom was told he wouldn’t be able to pick up a baseball for up to a month. The Mets’ front office was careful not to place deGrom on the 60-day disabled list when planning the Opening Day roster, hoping the ace would be healthy enough to return to the rotation in early June. , which would be the best case. timeline
DeGrom traveled to New York last week to join the Mets in their home opener against the Diamondbacks. He also participated in a special ceremony for the dedication of the Tom Seaver statue, now installed next to the Home Run Apple at the main entrance of Citi Field. DeGrom returned to Florida on Saturday to continue his rehabilitation at the Clover Park team facility in Port St. Lucie.
The Mets ace was remarkably in high spirits Friday at Citi Field as he detailed his next steps toward a comeback. His teammate, Dominic Smith, had a chance to catch up with the injured right-hander.
“He is doing well. I know he’s excited to be back,” Smith said. “Jake loves the new energy from our front office, from our manager, from our players. The way we play baseball, how hard we play and then obviously winning. Everybody loves to win and we can’t wait for him to come out again. But he is in a very good mood.
Smith added: “It must be weird for him to watch Mets games from home, though.”
If anything, it’s rare to see a pitching staff without deGrom get over a big loss so well and so early. The Mets’ rotation should be commended for their tremendous effort to start the season.
The Mets’ starters entered Tuesday with an MLB-best 1.07 ERA and a 6-0 record in their first 10 games. Those six earned runs allowed in 50.1 innings by the Mets’ rotation made up for the best 10-game start since the advent of the earned run in 1913, according to Sportradar. In addition to ERA, the rotation entered Tuesday leading the majors in opponent batting average (.158).
Despite the heavy rotation effort, the Mets look forward to deGrom’s return as soon as he’s healthy. Talk about a Mets rotation that will go from scary to downright threatening.
Buck Showalter will miss the Mets’ game against the Giants on Wednesday due to a medical procedure, the captain announced after Tuesday’s doubleheader.
With bench coach Glenn Sherlock also sidelined with COVID-19, Showalter said the Mets will go with one manager per committee on Wednesday. A combination of pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and hitting coach Eric Chavez are among the coaches who will help replace Showalter, who hopes to return Thursday.
WALKER SET FOR THE START OF REHABILITATION
Taijuan Walker (right shoulder bursitis) will begin his rehab with the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday. The right-hander, who was placed on the disabled list on April 12, is expected to hit about 50 pitches.
Showalter was noncommittal when asked if Walker would return to the rotation after just one rehab start. Walker will meet with the team in Arizona this weekend, and the Mets will then reevaluate whether he will require one more outing to stretch out and increase his pitch count before clearing him off the disabled list.
Walker pitched two perfect innings against the Phillies in his season debut on April 11. He left the game with soreness in his right shoulder, which an MRI revealed to be bursitis. Walker has said his right knee, which had bothered him in his last Grapefruit League start last month, is no longer a problem.