Mets’ Jacob deGrom ‘completely normal’ as he works towards his comeback

Mets’ Jacob deGrom ‘completely normal’ as he works towards his comeback

Jacob deGrom said he felt “completely normal”.

The right-hander said the stress reaction in his right shoulder blade no longer bothered him. Soon, he’ll be back on the mound, though the Mets ace didn’t have a specific timeframe for it. But he is making progress towards his return to the team.

“So far so good,” two-time Cy Young Award winner deGrom said in his first public comments since opening day. “I feel completely normal.”

DeGrom, who last threw in a regular season game on July 7, 2021, said Saturday before the Mets played the Phillies at Citi Field that he threw 135 feet long on Friday. The next step is to get on the mound and, at some point, make some minor league rehab debut. DeGrom said he thinks he’ll have to work up to four innings before he’s ready to start a game for the Mets.

Jacob of Grom
Jacob of Grom

“I don’t really have [apprehension] after talking to doctors and all that,” he said. “Normally the bone heals stronger. Last report was good, and they said it’s completely healed. So now make sure he handles the throw and nothing appears. The way it happened so far, I feel good.

The Post’s Jon Heyman recently reported that the Mets are considering a late June return for deGrom, in about four weeks. When asked when he expected to be back, deGrom said he wasn’t thinking that far ahead. He is more focused on the daily life of his rehab. For now, he doesn’t believe he needs to undergo any more MRI scans, barring a setback.

“You just tick each of those boxes along the way,” the 33-year-old said. “It’s all good, so I’m sure it’s going to be discussed in the next few days when I have [on] the mound.

DeGrom recently moved his workouts north so he could be closely watched by Merts officials. He will travel with the Mets on their next trip to Southern California, which begins Thursday after the current six-game homestand. DeGrom has suffered various injuries since the start of last season, but he insisted that it would not make him shy or worried about suffering more.

“You can’t go out there in fear. You do your best to prepare and go out there and play the game,” he said. “I don’t think a lot of guys go out and are afraid of getting hurt. You go out there and compete, and you leave it all there.

Despite deGrom’s absence for most of the season and the recent slant strain suffered by Max Scherzer who will keep him until July, the Mets have the largest division lead in all of baseball. Going into play on Saturday, they were 7 ¹/₂ games ahead of the second-placed Braves. So far, they survive without their two aces.

“I watched very closely,” deGrom said. “It was exciting to watch them [from far] and then being here watching them play last night. I’m ready to be back there.

“When you’re trying to decide whether or not to come back too soon, you’re kind of looking at the long term,” he added. “The team is playing really well and you want to be there all year round.”

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