Mets rookie righthander Jacob deGrom told reporters yesterday that he is feeling better since being placed on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis.
He was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Thursday, but the Mets decided to hold off until this weekend. However, deGrom says he feels much stronger than he did a week ago and expects to make his scheduled start against the Dodgers next Saturday in Los Angeles. “I feel good,” deGrom said. “I’m hoping for Saturday to throw.”
DeGrom’s shoulder problem comes after the 26-year-old was named the NL’s Rookie of the Month after a sensational few weeks on the mound. While the loss of deGrom has had an impact on the pregame odds over on Betfair.com, the Mets know that the in-form pitcher should be back in action before too long, with the right-hander only expected to miss a couple of starts.
After spending the early portion of his career in the minor leagues, deGrom’s impressive run in the Mets rotation this season may have come as a surprise to many. So far this season, deGrom is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in his 16 starts for the Mets this year. The rookie went an incredible 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA in five starts in July on his way to picking up the NL Rookie of the Month award, and deGrom has insisted he is relaxed and unconcerned by his shoulder issue.
“I’m calm about it. I don’t think it’s anything serious. I can probably go out there and pitch with it right now, but I think just talking to them, at this time of the year, it’s not really worth pushing it.”
With deGrom on the shelf, the Mets have turned to Rafael Montero. While Montero had thrown 14.2 perfect innings during his last two appearances with Las Vegas, he struggled in his return. The 23-year old righty surrendered three home runs in five-plus innings in the Mets’ 7-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. He is expected to make at least two more starts in deGrom’s place.