Mets’ Jacob deGrom knocks out five in first rehab start

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Mets' Jacob deGrom knocks out five in first rehab start

Almost a full year later, Jacob deGrom attended a game on Sunday night.

Even better, he served like Jacob deGrom and officially started the clock for his long-awaited return to the Mets.

The two-time Cy Young winner recorded all five of his outs on strikeouts and hit a 24-pitch batter through 1 2/3-innings for the single-A St. Lucie Mets against Jupiter, hitting 100 mph six times in his first appearance reached every level since last July 7 for the Mets.

“It was going well. Everything felt really good,” deGrom told reporters after his outing. “We were working on some mechanical things that I saw were a bit off in the spring, and tonight everything felt.” looks like it’s ok good step looking forward to getting back out there.

“Nobody wants to miss the time. We all want to compete out there. Nobody wants to get hurt. Even though it is a first start in rehab, I had great nerves and was very excited to be back out there.”

34-year-old deGrom has not played this season due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade.

Jacob deGrom serves on his first rehab start Sunday.
Jacob deGrom serves on his first rehab start Sunday.
Courtesy of the New York Mets
Jacob deGrom serves on his first rehab start Sunday.
Jacob deGrom serves on his first rehab start Sunday.
Courtesy of the New York Mets

“Health,” said manager Buck Showalter when asked what he hoped for from deGrom after the Mets’ 4-1 win over Rangers. “We can probably answer that question [Monday]but it’s a big step for Jake.

“It’s been a long journey, obviously for him, but also for all the people who have honed every step of the way here with him. Once we figured out what we were dealing with, everyone rolled up their sleeves and went to work. … It’s been remarkable that Jake has hit all the benchmarks so far, and hopefully it will continue to do so [Sunday] Night.”

The Post has reported that the Mets expect DeGrom to need another two or three minor league appearances before he’s reinstated into their rotation.

Showalter joked that watching deGrom’s outing would depend on the WiFi situation on the team’s flight to Cincinnati. Mets teammate Francisco Lindor added that he was unaware deGrom was already slated for the minors.

“I didn’t even know it, but this is exciting,” Lindor told the Post. “I knew he was facing batsmen but to play in a game, that’s big. That’s great. I hope he goes out there feeling great.”


Pete Alonso struck with three carries in the Mets’ fourth inning, but he made it to second base on a wild pitch and a throwing error by Texas catcher Jonah Heim.

Pete Alonso reaches second base after a dropped third strike.
Pete Alonso reaches second base after a dropped third strike.
Robert Sabo for the NY POST

“Ask yourself how many first basemen as big and strong as Pete would have been on a wild pitch at second base,” Showalter said. “Putting pressure on them, staying on track, that’s something we’re talking about. … don’t sleep a beat and go to second base and set up this inning.”


Outfielder Travis Jankowski (broken hand) said he would be leaving Sunday night to begin a minor league rehab assignment for Triple-A Syracuse in Buffalo on Monday.


When asked if he could follow prospective Francisco Alvarez’s rise to Triple-A Syracuse, Showalter said, “I’ll leave that in [director of player development] Kevin Howards and [GM] billy’s [Eppler] Hands and the coaches and managers there. I watch it, of course, because they wear our uniform and are a part of it. But when I talk to someone about a player, I ask them how they’re doing defensively, what kind of teammate they are and how they affect the team. The statistical stuff takes care of itself, it’s easy. It’s the other things that really make the difference.”

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