ST. LOUIS – Jacob deGrom’s right lat soreness has subsided to the point he’s thinking about his next start.
The Mets ace plans to play catch Thursday and receive further medical evaluation. If he doesn’t encounter discomfort he would throw a bullpen the following day and then start Sunday against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field.
“I’m feeling good now,” deGrom said Wednesday before the Mets faced the Cardinals in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium.
DeGrom was scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start after awakening the previous day with the lat discomfort. He notified team officials, and when the soreness didn’t subside the following day a decision was reached he wouldn’t pitch and receive an MRI exam, which showed inflammation in the lat. The game ended up postponed because of weather.
“If it had improved a little bit I would have been fine, just battling through some soreness,” deGrom said. “But I decided to let them know and wanted to get it looked at, just to be safe, early in the season didn’t want to do anything and hopefully miss just one. Try to err on the side of caution and just hopefully miss one.”
DeGrom says the location of his lat discomfort has left him optimistic he isn’t dealing with anything too serious.
“It’s in a good spot,” he said. “Any time it creeps up toward the armpit it’s not good, but the spot it’s in is definitely manageable, so we’ll just reevaluate [Thursday] and revisit with the doctor and go from there.”
DeGrom this week was named National League Pitcher of the Month for April after going 2-2 with a 0.51 ERA and 59 strikeouts over five starts.
The Mets are still trying to decide on the locale for Carlos Carrasco’s minor-league rehab start on Sunday. It’s possible the right-hander will join the Mets’ rotation after that start.
Brandon Nimmo was absent from the starting lineup for Game 1 of the doubleheader, but he was to be evaluated for a possible start in the nightcap. Nimmo has battled an index finger bone bruise that has prevented him from starting since Saturday.
Sean Reid-Foley was added to the roster as the 27th player for the doubleheader.