Jacob deGrom is now a midseason signing with the Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE — Jacob deGrom went from personal ace to the Mets’ big midseason signing in a matter of days.

On Saturday, manager Buck Showalter used an analogy common to the Mets when they wouldn’t splurge on supplements before the trade deadline and would instead wait for players to get well.

“I’m looking at it and thinking about how strong he’s going to be as the season progresses,” Showalter said at Clover Park. “That’s a pretty good match in lieu of a swap, Jacob deGrom.”

DeGrom was banned from pitching for up to four weeks after an MRI scan revealed a stress reaction on his right shoulder blade. The thrower must rebuild once he resumes throwing. That likely means that at best, deGrom would return in late May.

Showalter said he contacted deGrom Friday night, hours after the diagnosis, and discussed logistics, including whether the pitcher would be present on opening day or stay in Florida. Showalter said the issue remained unresolved.

Jacob de Grom and Buck Showalter
Jacob de Grom and Buck Showalter
Getty Images; Corey SIPKIN

Max Scherzer was asked about his confidence in the Mets’ rotation with him (possibly) surviving, and deGrom was sidelined.

“We’ll see,” said Scherzer. “It has nothing to do with what I can and cannot do. I’ll be out there as soon as I can.”

Showalter, who previously managed the Yankees, was asked about the mood as both New York teams spend big to win.

“It’s not like I look at it and I’m all tingled,” Showalter said. “For me, it’s all about the Mets. What are they doing over there? [with the Yankees], I could care less until we’re ready to play them. That’s their thing and they were pretty good. I couldn’t even tell you what they’re doing this spring. … All our curiosity will be satisfied when we start playing.”

Adam Ottavino and Trevor May played in a minor league game on Saturday and played back-to-back for the first time this spring. Miguel Castro featured in the game and will return on Sunday as well, giving him back-to-back appearances.

David Wright spent his last day at camp as a guest teacher. Al Leiter was also at camp during the week to interact with the pitchers and has since left. Jacob deGrom is now a midseason signing with the Mets


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