Mets’ Jacob deGrom unready to throw but healing from injury

ST. LOUIS — Jacob deGrom has been cleared to begin strengthening his right shoulder, but his return to throwing will not be immediate.

The Mets released a statement following Monday’s 5-2 win over the Cardinals saying the ace right-hander underwent an MRI and CT scan that showed a “considerable” healing of the stress reaction on his right shoulder blade showed. The statement added that deGrom has been cleared to begin loading and strengthening the shoulder and will be pictured again in three weeks. “Strain” refers to building resistance in the shoulder.

To further clarify the statement, the Mets stated that loading and strengthening occurs before the throwing phase. No timeline was set as to when deGrom could start tossing; it will depend on his power progression.

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DeGrom last pitched in spring practice when he was disqualified from pitching after two starts due to a problem in his shoulder. An MRI scan revealed a stress reaction in the shoulder blade.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner last served in a regular season game on July 7 of last season. At the time, he led the MLB with a 1.08 ERA across 15 starts. But deGrom returned from the All-Star hiatus with forearm discomfort and was dealing with elbow pain as he attempted to return. Team President Sandy Alderson announced in August that deGrom had a mild tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.

The Mets’ best-case scenario for deGrom this time around was a return in late May, but it’s unclear if that’s realistic since he hasn’t been cleared for the throw yet. Once free, deGrom will need to start building in a spring training-like process that could take at least a month.

If there was a silver lining for the Mets, it was the emergence of Tylor Megill, who moved into deGrom’s rotational spot and pitched to a 2.35 ERA in four starts. The Mets have also received a boost from David Peterson, who has filled two starts with Taijuan Walker on the injured list.

Upon his return, deGrom will apply for a new contract. The right-hander had hinted at the start of spring training that he wanted to step out of his contract after the season and that stance remained unchanged even after being diagnosed with the stress reaction. Mets’ Jacob deGrom unready to throw but healing from injury


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