Jacob deGrom could return to the Mets as early as Friday

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Mar 11, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have been dealing with a lot of injuries in the last couple of weeks. Center fielder Brandon Nimmo had his rehab assignment cut short after experiencing renewed soreness in his ailing finger, JD Davis has been out with a hand issue, and Michael Conforto is also banged up. Carlos Carrasco is yet to return from a torn hamstring.

But perhaps the highest-profile name on the Mets’ injured list is Jacob deGrom. The star pitcher has been dealing with right side discomfort for a few days now and had to cut his last short after five innings, but things are starting to look up for him.

According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, Mets manager Luis Rojas doesn’t want to look too far ahead, but believes that deGrom could rejoin the team as a starting pitcher as early as Friday against the Marlins.

Since this is a recurring issue with deGrom, the Mets are probably taking every caution and won’t bring him back unless he is completely pain-free and can stretch and pitch with no issues.

The Mets are still evaluating their options

As of now, the Mets haven’t ruled out sending the two-time Cy Young award winner on a rehab assignment for one or two turns, but Rojas said “he wants to make sure his ace is healthy before making the announcement official,” per Ladson.

The injured deGrom has remained active, and played light catch before Sunday’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. He will throw off a slope Monday and have a bullpen session Tuesday, important steps he needs to overcome with no problems.

“I want to get the feedback from him just to see how he feels,” Rojas said. “He has been doing his exercises. It has been a positive feedback each day. Tomorrow, he is going to touch and feel. It should be a step forward with the feedback that we want to hear from what was happening before he went on the IL.”