Mets’ get their star pitcher back for Tuesday game

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom
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

After being removed from his May 9 start against the Arizona Diamondbacks before starting the sixth inning with tightness on his right side, New York Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom is set to return to the big league roster to take the ball on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies.

The piece of news was provided by Mets’ manager Luis Rojas, per the team official site. In the end, deGrom ended up missing two turns in the rotation with the ailment, but over the weekend, he proved he is just fine by touching 102 mph in the radar gun and striking out eight of the 10 foes he faced in a rehab outing in Low-A.

Sunday was also a throwing day for the Mets’ two-time Cy Young Award winner, and he aced the test with a clean, successful bullpen session in Miami.

“Everything really looked good,” Rojas said. “We are still going to monitor the rest of today and tomorrow, but he is on track [to pitch on Tuesday].”

The Mets need deGrom

The Mets have benefited from having an in-form deGrom in the early going. The right-hander is 3-2 with a minuscule 0.68 ERA and a fantastic 2.2 WAR (Wins Above Replacement).

In other injury-related news, Mets’ outfielder Kevin Pillar had nasal surgery on Friday and was scheduled to begin light baseball activities on Monday.

“[The plan is to] see how he keeps progressing post surgery and see what he is able to do,” Rojas said.

Relief pitcher Dellin Betances (right shoulder) threw a bullpen session, while infielder Jose Peraza (right leg contusion) is expected to be available for the next game.

JD Davis, the Mets’ third baseman, didn’t play on Sunday with a stiff neck, but is expected to return to the Triple-A lineup for a couple more games this week before being activated from the injured list, where he is with a finger issue.