Cannot get enthusiastic about Jacob deGrom’s excessive velocity in the beginning of rehabilitation

CINCINNATI – Jacob deGrom’s Heat 100 mph as he gets back into the action in the game didn’t thrill Mets officials, but the high speed was well understood.

“What will you do?” manager Buck Showalter said Monday, a day after deGrom threw 24 pitches for Single-A St. Lucie on his first rehab warm-up since the start of the season on the injured list with a stress reaction on his right shoulder blade.

DeGrom topped out at 101 mph and hit triple digits on seven altitudes. He’s hit 5 of the 6 punches he’s faced in over 1 ² / ₃ rounds.

Showalter suggests that there were discussions with deGrom about “dial back” with his quickball early on in the rehab mission. But it is also possible that the adrenaline took over.

“It’s not because he’s pushing at peak torque, he just has one arm resting and I’m sure he’s having a lot of positive emotions,” Showalter said.

“What do you think he will do when he comes back here? I don’t think he’ll dial back there, so I guess he’s ready for what he’ll be asked to do here. ”

Jacob deGrom pitches with Port St.  Lucie Mets during his first rehabilitation initiation.
Jacob deGrom pitches with Port St. Lucie Mets during his first rehabilitation initiation.
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DeGrom felt good on Monday, according to Showalter, and remained on a five-day schedule. That puts the right-arm’s next start to St. Lucie on Friday at Daytona.

Showalter said he would expect deGrom’s velocity to drop as his detox progressed.

“When he starts to get tired, I think you’ll see some of that drop,” Showalter said. “But he has a completely rested arm with a lot of things to do and I think you’ve seen the results of that.”

David Peterson will return from the paternity roster to begin the series finale on Wednesday, according to Showalter, as Chris Bassitt remains out in COVID protocol.

Showalter called Bassitt a “long shot” to pitch Thursday against the Marlins, and pointed out that Trevor Williams is lined up to start that. Bassitt, who was scratched from the head last Friday, was tossed aside for comfort.

Travis Jankowski was scheduled to play five innings in center court and receive three return kicks in a minor tournament rehabilitation for Triple-A Syracuse. The midfielder has been on the injury list, effective May 26, after he fractured a fourth metatarsal bone in his left hand. Showalter did not rule out the possibility that Jankowski could return before the All-Star break.

Edwin Diaz and his brother Alexis brought their respective squad cards home before the game. Alexis, a Reds pain reliever, has made his major league debut this season, but was brought into the IL last month with right biceps tendonitis. Alexis Diaz has scored a 2.40 ERA in 27 appearances for the Reds with two saves.

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