He went down in July 2021 and didn’t return.
During spring training play, it was announced he was dealing with a stress reaction on his right scapula, and was forced to miss months of action.
His moment, after all the painful months of watching his teammates play and not being able to take the field, is inching closer.
“Jacob deGrom through three rehab starts: 8.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 15 K, 0.69 WHIP,” MetsMerized Online tweeted.
Jacob deGrom through three rehab starts:
8.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 15 K, 0.69 WHIP
— Metsmerized Online (@Metsmerized) July 15, 2022
Basically, deGrom is toying with minor league hitters, showing the world he is ready to start contributing in the Mets rotation.
He Was Stellar In His Latest Start
In his latest rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday night, he conceded just one unearned run over four innings.
It was his third minor league rehab start.
At this point, all deGrom needs is stretching out to five or six innings.
The Mets haven’t announced the next steps, but he obviously won’t pitch before the All-Star break.
He will probably stay at home and throw a few bullpens.
When the second half rolls around, they could either send him to Syracuse to make one last rehab start and shoot for five innings, or call him up to New York and make him rejoin the team immediately after the break.
He threw just 42 pitches in last night’s outing, so the most logical step would be having him throw another start at Triple-A and shoot for 60 pitches, or somewhere around that area.
In any case, it’s looking likely that we see him before the end of July.
It will be fun watching those back-to-back deGrom-Scherzer starts.