Mets ace Jacob deGrom The team told reporters on Tuesday (Twitter link via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com). If that round of pictures goes well, it’s likely he’ll be cleared to start throwing shortly after.
The Mets have not received a round from deGrom so far in 2022, as he was shelved after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade on April 1. The initial recommendation was a four-week shutdown. Two-time Cy Young winner deGrom threw a superman 1.08 ERA with a hit rate of 45.1% and a walk rate of 3.4% in 92 frames last year before shutting down on early July with a forearm problem that eventually proved to be a season-ending man.
There is no timetable for deGrom’s return yet and it won’t be until next week’s MRI is complete, although the Mets have yet to include him on the 60-day injured list. That opens up the possibility he could be back before the early June point where such a move is needed.
Even without deGrom and right Taijuan Walkerwho is currently out with a case of bursitis in his right shoulder, the Mets’ rotation hasn’t been off-beat so far in 2021. Righty Tylor Megill got off to a great start, going through 11 overtimes while swinging an improved heater that achieved a nearly two-mile-per-hour spike. Former Cleveland star Carlos Carrasco, who struggled a lot in his first year with the Mets last season, has looked like his old self on his first two trips to the mound. Commercial acquisition Chris Bassittwhereas, only one run through dozens of frames is allowed. Max Scherzer had a couple of great outings to kickstart his Mets career, and David Peterson still not allowed to run through 8 1/3 frames.
33-year-old DeGrom is being paid $33.5 million for the guaranteed penultimate season of a five-year, $137.5 million contract. He can opt out of that deal at the end of the season – yes he is said he still plans to exercise even after missing the start of the season on the injury list. The right-hander’s current contract will pay him $30.5 million in 2023 and give the Mets a $32.5 million option by the 2024 season.