Jacob deGrom is aiming to return to the Mets at some point

ST. LOUIS — Buck Showalter described a pitcher desperate to get back with the Mets by revealing details of his conversation with Jacob deGrom on Tuesday.

But the manager declined to go into the specifics of when the Mets ace could start throwing again. The team announced Monday that deGrom was ready to begin strengthening and loading his right shoulder after an MRI and CT scan showed “considerable” healing of the stress response on his right shoulder blade.

“He’s really optimistic and excited about the news and the healing process that’s taking place,” Showalter said before the Mets took on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. “With a guy you’ve had for so long you have a lot of imagination to compare yourself to so he’s chewing on it because he’s ready to go and wants to be a part of it and so are we. ”

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the third inning of a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park on March 27, 2022 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
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According to Showalter, DeGrom will remain in Florida during his shoulder strengthening and loading and then come to New York for training once he can throw again. In their statement, the Mets indicated that deGrom will receive additional imaging tests in three weeks.

The Mets signed veteran reliever Tommy Hunter to a minor league contract. Hunter, 35, spent part of last season with the Mets before a back injury put him on the injured list. He was sold to the Rays in the business that produced Rich Hill.

Showalter managed Hunter with the Orioles from 2011 to 2015.

“We will give [Hunter] When he has an opportunity, he has to take it and run with it, but he has a lot of competition,” Showalter said. “He’s got a big arm, he’s not scared, he’s going to throw it over and he’s very competitive and people like him at their club.”

Trevor May could be the helper the Mets are looking for most to get them on track. May allowed two runs in the eighth inning Monday after hitting a two-run homer in Arizona. As of Tuesday, the right-hander had given up runs in four of his six appearances this season and owned an 8.53 ERA.

“His command was off, but his stuff is solid,” Showalter said. “Sometimes you want something too bad. It’s like he wants to do the job he’s capable of and knows he can, it’s just not quite in that flow yet. It’s almost like he wants it too bad. I won’t take that away from him.” Jacob deGrom is aiming to return to the Mets at some point


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