It has been reported that New York Mets‘ Jacob deGrom is scheduled to return on Saturday to start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is great news, because when deGrom went down with rotator-cuff tendinitis I thought that would be the last we saw of him this season. It has been too common that the Mets have had young pitchers go down with serious injuries, and I was hoping that was not the case with deGrom.
I was confident that it was nothing too serious, and thankfully it turned out to be a little tendinitis which seems to have gone away after some rest. deGrom threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and seemed to be fine, so it looks like we will see him back in action this weekend. It has been a year to remember thus far for deGrom; he has taken the league by storm in his rookie year and was certainly a front-runner for the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
Hopefully this stint on the disabled list will be the last time we see deGrom go down with injury. He was in a great groove before he went down with the injury, and it was a shame that he had to miss the past couple of weeks. I know he is on an innings limit and missing a couple weeks wasn’t the worst thing in the world for him, but I just hate seeing a guy go down when he is in the zone.
We were seeing this kid develop at a fast rate on the major league level. He made adjustments on the fly and was able to locate all of his pitches which made him very difficult to hit. On the year deGrom is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts for the Mets and was only getting better as the season progressed. I hope he can pick up where he left off, because it was great to watch another one of the Mets homegrown arms succeed in the major leagues.
When he returns I hope there are no setbacks because that would really put a damper on his season. I just want to see him go out there and be the guy he was before the injury. I know the Mets are going to be extremely cautious with him like they are with all of their young arms. There is no need to push him; the Mets are not going anywhere this year, so there is definitely no reason to overwork him.
2015 is the year for the Mets, and they need deGrom to be a big part of it whether he is in their starting rotation or if he is a piece to help reel in a big bat via trade. Whatever the case may be, they need this guy to be healthy because he is an extremely valuable part of this team.