NEW YORK — The sight of Jacob deGrom playing long toss in the Busch Stadium outfield on Saturday raised a number of eyebrows.
Not so with Brodie Van Wagenen.
“I wasn’t surprised,” the Mets GM told reporters prior to Monday’s NL East showdown with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.
Van Wagenen announced that an MRI on deGrom’s right elbow earlier in the day “was good, clean, [showed] no problems whatsoever.” The reigning NL Cy Young winner threw a 30-pitch bullpen session in the afternoon, and the GM pronounced him ready to come off the 10-day IL on Friday, when his next turn in the rotation comes up.
New York Mets' Jacob deGrom stands in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in St. Louis. (Photo: Scott Kane, AP)
The elbow soreness that landed deGrom on the injured list was attributed to the normal aches and pains that went along with the bout of strep throat he dealt with last week.
That was, it would appear, the extent of the problem.
“With the arm, you always want to be extra-cautious,” Van Wagenen said. “But we had a very low level of concern originally, and that was validated [Monday].”
Whereas the crosstown Yankees seem constantly be waiting for the other shoe to drop with injury news, the Mets GM was able to lay to rest any concerns over recent scares.
The X-rays on Robinson Cano’s hand came back negative after he was hit with a pitch in Sunday’s loss in St. Louis.
“He took some swings [Monday], feels a little bit of residual soreness, but we’re hopeful,” Van Wagenen said.
Lefty reliever Justin Wilson had not pitched since Friday due to elbow soreness, but his MRI also showed no damage, meaning his IL stint (retroactive to Saturday) should not run longer than the 10 days required.
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