Mets left-hander Jason Vargas tossed six innings and struck out 12 batters in an intrasquad game on Tuesday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. He threw 82 pitches.
DiComo adds that “a best-case scenario would seem to be a rehab start this weekend, then a return to the rotation in San Diego (4/27-29).”
Original report – April 10
New York Mets left-hander Jason Vargas broke the hamate bone in his non-throwing hand during Spring Training after being hit by a comebacker.
He underwent surgery shortly after and appeared to be on the fast track back, but as of Monday, still can’t catch the ball despite being able to throw fine.
Vargas had stitches removed from his right-hand, but his palm has yet to fully seal.
“From what I’ve been told, the palm just takes a while to really seal up and just the impact of where it is,” Vargas said, according to Matt Ehalt of The Record. “When the stitches came out from not being completely 100 percent sealed up. …It’s gonna be closed but not completely.
“Taking a little bit more time to completely seal up than anticipated.”
In order to Vargas to begin rehab games in his road to recovery, he will need to prove he is able to catch the ball on return throws.
The southpaw is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Thursday. On Saturday, he pitched in a simulated game behind a screen in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which spanned roughly six innings.
“Pretty normal game conditions just with a screen out,” Vargas said. “Didn’t have to cut anything short because of mishaps or anything like that.”
Zack Wheeler will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday for the Mets in Miami. This will be the first time New York will use a fifth starter this year, as with the off days they’ve had so far, they haven’t needed one.