Mets ace Jacob deGrom’s rehab is “going really well,” according to manager Buck Showalter.
“I know everything’s going really well,” he said, adding that the righty is in constant contact with the team’s doctors. “They’re really happy with where he is right now. He’s doing well.”
The 33-year-old former Cy Young award winner suffered a stress reaction in his right scapula just before the beginning of the season, and the team shut him down from throwing for 4 weeks, and said they would reassess after that.
The manager made clear that he is not “not saying he’s ahead or behind schedule,” but that there have been no major setbacks, and deGrom has been progressing in his recovery.
Now, deGrom will undergo a followup MRI on Monday, April 25 to see his rehabilitation progress — which is 3 and ½ weeks following his initial diagnosis, Showalter said.
If that scan reveals healing to deGrom’s shoulder, he could begin ramping up shortly after that, and potentially return to the mound sometime in May.
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Despite the absence of their start pitcher, the Mets bullpen has been off to a historic start to the season, with their starters recording a 1.07 ERA through their first 10 games. That is the lowest number for an MLB team over the first 10 contests since ERAs began being recorded in 1913, according to CBS Sports.
The team’s rotation has been anchored by two new Mets — Chris Bassitt, who came to the team in a trade this offseason, and Max Scherzer, who signed in free agency this winter.
Bassitt 12 innings thus far this season, and given up just 5 hits and 1 run, while striking out 14 opposing hitters.
Scherzer, meanwhile, has tossed 11 innings, while recording 8 hits and 4 runs, while striking out 13 opponents.
Carlos Carrasco, Tylor Megill, and David Peterson have also contributed strong showings in the absence of deGrom and Taijuan Walker, who was placed on the 10-day injured reserve list after a shoulder injury.
The Amazins have begun their season with a 7–5 record, which puts them in first place in the NL East. The team will play a home doubleheader on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants, with the first game scheduled to start at 3:10 p.m. eastern.