New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler suggested the Mets are pleased with the progress Jacob deGrom is making but added it will take time before the pitcher is allowed to make his season debut. Just before the start of the season, the Mets suffered a blow when star pitcher deGrom sustained a stress reaction on his right shoulder.
“Right now it’s just a matter of letting him step back further and throw harder and then treating the patient more than anything else,” general manager Eppler said, per The New York Post. “How does the scapula feel under a little more stress, which will come with that distance and velocity”.
Eppler: DeGrom's shoulder showing healing progress
“It looked pretty clean. [Bones] continue to calcify after they have a reaction or trauma to them. They look really good under the picture”. The past year has been extremely challenging for deGrom, who missed a significant time in 2021 as well.
DeGrom entered the last offseason determined to get his health on the right track but then sustained a major blow just before Opening Day. Following the MRI and tests, deGrom was "stunned" as he didn't even know where he sustained the injury.
“That is something I am trying to figure out, because I felt like I put myself in a good spot this offseason to be ready to make 30-plus starts,” deGrom said after sustaining the injury. “I would be guessing if I said exactly what happened.
I tossed around a short ramp up, not pitching competitively in [8 ½] months, but that would be a guess if I said exactly what happened." Even without deGrom in the lineup, the Mets have been playing extremely well.
The Mets own a 24-14 record through their first 42 games and sit at No. 1 of the NL East standings. DeGrom won't be back until at least June.