WASHINGTON – Jacob deGrom may not return to the Mets rotation before June 6, but he is making substantial progress in the meantime.
The Mets moved deGrome to a 60-day injured list on Tuesday, which in no way affects his timeline for rejoining the team as he continues rehab from a stress reaction on the scapula in his right shoulder. keeps.
Encouragingly though, the Mets ace recently started throwing flat ground.
DeGrom is throwing at “mild intensity” from 60 feet, according to Mets GM Billy Appler. His follow-up MRI – which will be his third round of imaging from April 1 – is scheduled in about a week. If that MRI shows more healing, and DeGrom continues to tell the Mets that he feels well, it will signal to the medical staff and team officials that the right arm is ready to increase its workload.
“Just moving this marker to the marker,” Appler said.
On April 26, DeGrom received the green light to begin “strengthening and loading” his shoulder, after his second MRI of the month showed “significant healing,” according to the Mets. When pitching coach Jeremy Hefner was asked what strength and loading really meant for deGrom, Hefner said he’s essentially building strength in his shoulders with low-intensity exercises.
“There’s loading and unloading, you’re mimicking the throwing motion,” Hefner told the Daily News. “When you throw, you load your hand and you take off your arm with the throwing motion.”
Due to DeGrom’s injury, a stress reaction on the back of his shoulder, he could not move his arm externally for three-and-a-half weeks – from April 1 to April 26 he was completely closed. The loading aspect just means degrom strengthened shoulder muscles after being off for about a month.
DeGrom is also progressing through his rehab with isometric holds, Hefner said, where a trainer will hold his hand and DeGrom will try to move his arm back and hold it there. Think: intense yoga for the rotator cuff and shoulder to activate those muscles. Hefner said he checks in with DeGrom once a week to see how he’s feeling.
The two-time Cy Young winner has not pitched in a major league game since July 7, 2021. Especially if the Mets, a rolling team that enters MLB on Tuesday with the biggest divisional lead (six games), continues to win, clubs will be wary of deGrom’s ramp-up. The ace doesn’t need to swing back while his replacement, Tyler Magill, pitches, like, degrom.
Mets acquires Southpa
DeGrom’s 60-day transfer to IL allowed the Mets a southeast take that could potentially help their thin bullpen.
The Mets claimed an exemption from the Cubs to left-hander Locke St. John on Tuesday, the team announced.
St John, 29, appeared in a game with the Cubs this season before being named to the assignment on May 3. He is the 13th-overall pick in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft and appeared in seven games with the Texas Rangers. 2019 – Posting 5.40 ERA (four earned runs, 6.2 innings).
The Amazons have left-handers Chason Shreve (11.2 IP, 1.54 ERA) and Jolie Rodriguez (9.2 IP, 4.66 ERA) in Buck Showalter’s circle of dependable relievers, but St. John’s represents depth in the event the team’s bullpen. The situation turns a little. Injury bug.
Season-ending Tommy John
Sean Reed-Foley will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, Appler announced. The right-hander was diagnosed with a partial tear in his UCL earlier this month and is weighing his options as to whether it would be better to proceed with rehab or undergo season-ending surgery. As it turned out, he chose the latter.
Reid-Foley, 26, and born in Agana Heights, Guam, produced a 5.70 ERA in 10 innings and seven relief appearances for the Mets this season.