After missing much of the last season due to an inflamed elbow, DeGrom seemed ready to pitch again. He suffered a stress reaction in spring training that could eventually lead to stress fractures in his right shoulder. He's been slowly recovering since then and is now ready to start for St. Lucie on Sunday.
DeGrom stated that he expected to continue his rehab in St. Lucie after the game.
"Even though this was my first rehab start I still had nerves and was excited for the return out there," deGrom stated , per MLB.com.
"I felt like everything was under my control -- the most important thing was to find the fastball and throw. DeGrom said that everything felt good. It feels 100%. It was bone, so you can't push it. I had to wait for the bone to heal before I could move on.
The Mets seem to think that the Mets' side of the All Star break is a feasible return date for deGrom, assuming his shoulder is as healthy as he claims.
Although it's possible that he will return before July 22, against the Padres. The Mets have been cautious in deGrom’s return. As they continue to pace the NL East, they may want to give him a clean break.
DeGrom, when healthy, is undoubtedly one of the best pitcher in baseball. He's a necessity.
Mets, which had a large division lead, have been feeling the slow burn of injuries. Their rotation has been hampered by injuries to deGrom and Max Scherzer as well as Tylor Megill's injury. Their starters' 4.08 ERA this year ranks 18th in MLB. The team's ERA is 4.59 over the last 30 days.
The Braves are now within five games of the division lead and continue to trend upward.
As more players drop, the Mets' rotation is in serious trouble. But deGrom's return would give them at least a superstar and some extra length. DeGrom would be welcomed back to the team with open arms, as Chris Bassitt will also be on the injured list.