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Jacob deGrom has been doing his normal in-between start routine since his early exit in his last outing that was due to shoulder soreness. He’s set to start one of the Mets’ games in their doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
Mets manager Luis Rojas noted that, while deGrom has been preparing to make his regularly scheduled start, the team still wants to wait as long as possible before committing to it.
“I still want to give it till tomorrow,” Rojas told reporters via Zoom on Sunday. “I talked to him when he came back from playing catch out there and I told him that we’re still having that approach day by day. So tomorrow we’ll see how he shows up and it’s going to come down to that day.”
Rojas added that deGrom “gave me the thumbs ups again and said that he feels good” after his most recent catch.
After needing to exit early in his last two starts – one for the shoulder, the other with flexor tendonitis – it was interesting to say the least when Rojas said that the Mets weren’t putting deGrom on the IL and he was going about things as he normally would.
One of the main arguments behind the absence of an IL stint, other than the fact that deGrom was less inclined to do so himself, was that his injuries didn’t connect in any way. And that includes the lat/lower back situation that did have a 10-day IL stint come because of it.
“That time, the first time, he felt that his mechanics were out of whack and he didn’t want to test that lat, lower-back area and see how he was landing, separating, everything,” Rojas explained on Thursday. “So I think we did the IL stint because he wanted to go through his in-between start routine at least twice to check on those mechanics and compare them to how he’s done them in the past.
“In this one, throughout the game, he felt the soreness. But then they did the test and everything and his feedback was positive. He was frustrated, but not highly concerned.”
So the Mets skipping deGrom’s start is still on the table. But, if all goes according to deGrom’s normal routine, No. 48 could be back out there without missing a beat.