Mets ace Jacob deGrom struck out five out of six batters he faced in his rehab start with the Single-A St. Lucie Mets on Sunday night at Clover Park.
It was deGrom’s first game at any level since being shut down last July 7. During spring training this year he was put on the injured list due to a stress reaction in his right scapula.
He did not disappoint, throwing 100-101 mph on his first three pitches. The two-time NL Cy Young winner threw 18 of his 24 pitches as strikes. deGrom did not allow a hit but did hit a player.
Mets fans will be excited to hear what deGrom said following his 1.2 innings of action:
“It went well. Everything felt really good. We’ve been working on some mechanical things that I saw were a little off in spring and everything felt like it was in line tonight. Good step. Looking forward to getting back out there and helping the team win,” he told media.
Although Mets fans were excited with what they saw in deGrom’s start, Mike Puma of the New York Post reported on Twitter that team officials “weren’t turning cartwheels that deGrom was throwing 100 mph in his first start back, but also realize it’s the nature of the beast.”
The organization will not rush his rehabbing process but hope to have him back in August.