NY Mets pitcher progresses after MRI

By on May 17, 2022 0

NEW YORK — The Mets are playing close to the vest over a timeline involving Jacob deGrom, but the good news for fans is there were no setbacks.

The team announced Tuesday morning that deGrom’s latest MRI showed continued healing in the right shoulder blade. With constant improvement, deGrom will now begin to incorporate distance and speed into their throwing program.

“It looked pretty clean,” said general manager Billy Eppler. “Like everything, things keep calcifying after a reaction or trauma. It looked really good in the picture. We had it checked out by a number of doctors.”

DeGrom has been sidelined since the last week of spring training due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade. A week ago, he started throwing on flat ground at around 60 feet.

The next step in deGrom’s throwing schedule is the final hurdle before he returns to the mound.

“It’s just something we had to deal with,” Buck Showalter said. “It’s exciting to think he’s making progress to be back with us. We’re not assuming anything. Everyone feels good where they are. I know Jake is really looking forward to joining the team and going to be on the team again.”

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Although Eppler and Showalter each said a strategy was in place on how deGrom would proceed and how many rehab starts he would need before returning to the big leagues, neither would disclose those plans.

“I know a little more about the plans, but I don’t want to jinx the baseball gods,” Showalter said. “You know Jake. He’s very responsive to his family’s needs, when it’s time to come here, he’s been on top of it all.”

Eppler added: “We have a general idea, but we’re not going to go into specifics. I think one of the things we’ve tried to be consistent with here is just not setting deadlines. for people, but rather to treat them as they progress through things.”

Eppler said he feels encouraged that one of the doctors the team speaks to has treated a similar pitching injury in the past. He added that it will be up to doctors to decide if deGrom needs another MRI before heading to the mound.

“Right now it’s just about letting him step back and throw harder and treat the patient more than anything else,” Eppler said. “How does it feel and how does the shoulder blade feel under a little more stress, which will come at this distance and speed.”

Starling Marte in mourning

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Cobb, right, comes down on New York Mets runner Starling Marte (6) who scored on a wild pitch in the first inning of Game 1 of a double header baseball on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in New York.

The surprising Marte will not be with the Mets for three to seven days following the sudden death of his grandmother. He was placed on the mourners list on Tuesday.

The Mets outfielder was raised by his grandmother from the age of 10 after his mother is dead suddenly.

The news also comes on the eve of the second anniversary of his wife’s death. She suffered a heart attack and died suddenly in 2020.

“It was a tough time for him,” Showalter said. “Talking to him on the phone, there’s a lot of emotion there. It really tore me apart and it still does.”

“Getting to know him, little by little, more and more, he cares. He has a big heart. He has a big heart. It’s been hard for us to know what he’s going through.”

With Marte away from the squad, Travis Jankowski’s presence becomes all the more important. Jankowski started the first half of Monday’s doubleheader in right field. He was batting .290 with nine points and a .371 OBP entering the series.

“That’s another reason we try to keep everyone involved because these things happen,” Showalter said. “You have to be ready. I don’t want him sitting around. He’s a guy who understands that role.”

Other absences

James McCann’s surgery on his fractured hammock bone in his left hand went as planned.

After the injury was announced, the Mets said the usual recovery time was six weeks. McCann said he hopes to try to speed up this process.

But Showalter also wants him to stay realistic with his expectations.

“We’re going to stay under six weeks,” Showalter said. “I don’t want him to start thinking it’s a fail if six and a half weeks. Those little bones in the hand are very hard to predict.”

Mets hitting coach Eric Chavez is also not with the team during the Cardinals’ series as he returned to Arizona to be with his son who is undergoing ACL surgery.

Andrew Tredinnick is the Mets beats writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analysis, news, transactions and more, please subscribe today and download our app.

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