Jacob deGrom will take a step closer to Citi Field on Friday night in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Mets’ two-time Cy Young Award winner, who is coming back from a stress reaction on his right shoulder blade, is set to make his second start to rehab with Single-A St. Lucie.
DeGrom is poised to throw three “ups,” according to the team, which would get him into at least the third inning of his start.
In his first rehab start on Sunday, deGrom threw 24 pitches while striking out five of six batters he faced in 1 ²/₃ innings. It peaked at 101 mph and recorded triple-digit speeds at seven locations.
“It was good, everyone was optimistic about it,” manager Buck Showalter said Thursday ahead of the Mets’ 10-0 win over the Marlins. “And people say, ‘Is he throwing too hard? When a guy with another uniform walks into the batter’s box – that’s kind of what he said, “I’m not trying, it’s just that all of a sudden the guy is trying to hit me and to fight and I go in to throw.” Which is good from the standpoint of preparing for what’s going to happen here.
“I’ll do better [answer] the question, ‘Is he throwing too hard?’ that, ‘Is he tossing too gently?’ Where does it end? What is the perfect speed? … So would it be good for him this time not to throw so hard? I have no idea. There will be an answer if and when – not if, but when it happens.
Before Thursday’s game, the Mets went for right-handed reliever Adonis Medina at Triple-A Syracuse and called right-handed reliever Jake Reed.
Reed wasted no time contributing, throwing two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts to close the game.
Medina had pitched three scoreless innings in Wednesday’s win over the Reds after a brief start from David Peterson. Medina, 25, has a 3.00 ERA in 21 innings this season.
The Mets dedicated the Citi Field mailroom Thursday to longtime employee Tod Tillotson, who died last August, as part of their first Disability Pride Night. Tillotson, who was deaf, started working in the Mets mailroom at age 15 in 1964 before retiring after the 2019 season.
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