Jacob deGrom plays catch after clean MRI, on track for next start

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The Mets received good news on the Jacob deGrom front on Saturday, as the Mets ace played catch less than a day after leaving his start with right flexor tendonitis and reported back with no issues.

“He came in today and said he was fine,” manager Luis Rojas said before Saturday’s game against the Padres. “He wanted to go outside and play catch, and I just learned that it was fine.”

DeGrom, who was pitching six shutout innings while allowing one hit before leaving the game, also had an MRI done, which also came back with no issues.

“We did an MRI this morning just out of precaution, and it came back as we expected, clean, so we’re just taking it day by day,” Rojas said.

DeGrom was confident in his belief that his issue wasn’t anything serious, and told reporters on Friday night that he expects to make his next scheduled start. According to Rojas, that is still the plan, but the Mets will be cautious with their prized ace, who lowered his season ERA to a league-leading 0.56 after Friday night’s masterpiece.

“It’s something we want to take day by day,” Rojas said. “Today he played catch and felt fine, so we’ll see the progression in between starts and see that he can do everything, throw his side and make his next start. That’s the expectation right now, but we want to pay close attention to it.”

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