The New York Mets have the best record in baseball, with 11 victories and only five losses before Sunday’s games. They have absorbed the losses of pitchers Jacob deGrom and Taijuan Walker very well thanks to their pitching depth and a couple of surprising early stars (Tylor Megill, David Peterson and Carlos Carrasco certainly qualify).
Speaking of deGrom, he isn’t expected back until late May or early June as he nurses a stress reaction in his right scapula. Here is the latest on his recovery, per MLB.com:
“Manager Buck Showalter said deGrom underwent a CT scan and an MRI on April 22 and shared that the doctors were ‘in the process of reading them’ on April 23. The Mets scratched deGrom from his final spring start after he reported soreness in the back of his shoulder during a routine throwing session. A subsequent MRI revealed the stress reaction, which caused inflammation in the area and prompted the Mets to shut him down completely from throwing. If deGrom’s latest imaging comes back clean, a subsequent ramp-up will take about a month. That makes late May a best-case scenario for the two-time Cy Young Award winner to return.”
The Mets should update deGrom’s status soon
According to that report, the Mets’ ace has already taken the follow-up MRI, on Friday to be precise, and the team should publish an update within the next 24 hours.
On the other hand, Taijuan Walker, who is nursing bursitis in his right shoulder, rejoined the Mets on Friday in Phoenix and threw a side session in Chase Field.
He is already feeling much better and if he aces his next test, which will be a simulated game or a minor league rehab game on Monday, he could potentially return before the end of the month to start against the Philadelphia Phillies.