Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom‘s recovery from ulnar nerve reposition surgery in his pitching elbow is progressing well, and the plan is to start throwing soon, the all-star pitcher said Friday.
DeGrom, 28, pitched to a 7-8 record, with a 3.04 ERA and 8.7 K/9 in 24 games started before going under the knife this past September.
“After I got (the nerve) moved, snapping my fingers was one thing I noticed would hurt, and there’s none of that anymore,” deGrom said, referring to how he has felt after the surgery.
The three-year veteran is arbitration eligible for the first time this winter, and the Mets have not approached him about a contract extension according to deGrom.
If a contract extension is not reached, deGrom is set to earn $4.2 million in 2017, and can become a free agent in 2021.
Regardless of all this, deGrom said the goal in 2017 is to win the World Series.
“We made a playoff push this year, and it was definitely exciting. We made it to the World Series (in 2015) and the same goal is to win it,” deGrom said. “I think everyone on this team has that goal, and that’s what we are shooting for from Spring Training.”
This is great news to hear, as both deGrom and Steven Matz have said they are feeling healthy and ready to go in the last 24 hours. Spring Training can’t come soon enough…