Jacob deGrom now a Mets midseason addition

PORT ST. LUCIE – Jacob deGrom went from a staff ace to a big midseason addition for the Mets in a matter of days.

On Saturday, manager Buck Showalter used a common Mets analogy when they wouldn’t splurge for additions before the trade deadline and instead wait for players to get healthy.

“I watch him, I think how strong he’s going to be as the season goes on,” Showalter said at Clover Park. “That’s a very good addition instead of a swap, Jacob deGrom.”

DeGrom was barred from pitching for up to four weeks after an MRI scan revealed a stress reaction on his right shoulder blade. The thrower will have to rebuild once he resumes throwing. That likely means that at best, deGrom would return at the end of May.

Showalter said he connected with deGrom Friday night, hours after the diagnosis, and discussed logistics, including whether the pitcher would be in attendance on opening day or stay in Florida. Showalter said the matter has not been resolved.

Jacob de Grom and Buck Showalter
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Max Scherzer was asked about his confidence the Mets rotation could survive with him (eventually) and deGrom sidelined.

“We’ll see,” Scherzer said. “It has nothing to do with what I can and can’t do. I will be there as soon as possible.

Showalter, who previously managed the Yankees, was asked about the mood given that both New York teams are spending big to try to win.

“It’s not like I look at it and feel tingles,” Showalter said. “For me, it’s all about the Mets. what they do there [with the Yankees], I don’t care until we’re ready to play them. It’s their business and they’ve been pretty good. I couldn’t even tell you what they’re doing this spring. … All our curiosity is going to be satisfied when we start playing.

Adam Ottavino and Trevor May appeared in a minor league game on Saturday, giving them back-to-back appearances for the first time this spring. Miguel Castro kicked off the game and will also be back on Sunday, giving him back-to-back appearances.

David Wright spent his last day at camp as a guest instructor. Al Leiter was also at camp during the week to interact with the pitchers and has since left.

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