Right-hander Jacob deGrom threw 71 pitches in a simulated game at the Mets complex in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday afternoon.
He is scheduled to make his next start on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
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DeGrom was placed on family emergency leave Saturday because of complications with his child after he was born on Monday.
According to Collins, the plan is now to have deGrom pitch in a simulated game on Tuesday in Ports St. Lucie.
There’s a chance that deGrom could rejoin the team’s rotation as soon as this weekend, Collins said. However, it’s more likely he’ll make his next start when the Mets return to Citi Field next week.
DeGrom last threw a bullpen on Sunday in Port St. Lucie, where he threw 40 pitches. The sore lat muscle that forced him out of his start on April 10, has shown significant improvement.
Logan Verrett will make his second start in place of deGrom tomorrow night in Philadelphia.