Mets get good news on Jacob deGrom, who played catch on Thursday

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Jacob deGrom delivers pitch front view June 2021 at Citi Field against Cubs
Jacob deGrom delivers pitch front view June 2021 at Citi Field against Cubs

Mets ace Jacob deGrom received good initial news after his right shoulder was examined, but was sent for a second opinion, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Mets manager Luis Rojas said two doctors reviewed the MRI of deGrom's shoulder, which came back clean.

"Normal," Rojas said. "No concerns."

DeGrom played catch at Citi Field on Thursday, and Rojas said that the plan at the moment is for deGrom to do his regular between-starts routine and not go on the IL. His next start date is to be determined.

Per Rojas, deGrom is "less open" to going on the IL now than he was in May, when he missed a few starts due to a lat/back issue.

DeGrom left Wednesday's start against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field after three innings due to right shoulder soreness.

Before exiting, deGrom had thrown three perfect innings while striking out eight batters -- including the last seven he faced -- as he lowered his MLB-best ERA to 0.54.

DeGrom said Wednesday that a strength test on his shoulder that was done after he left the game came back fine.

"I’m pretty confident that this is nothing," deGrom said. "We did some tests and kind of ruled out anything serious. Gonna go from there. The plan is to get it looked at tomorrow, and hopefully check off that box where it’s nothing and just get ready, hopefully (for) my next one. We’ll just see what tomorrow brings."

DeGrom noted that the first two innings of Wednesday's start were probably the best he's felt all season, but that his shoulder began to bother him in the third inning.

"Felt good warming up, felt really good in the first and second inning, and then there in the third my shoulder was sore," deGrom said. "This is getting old. I want to be out there competing, and coming out of these games with these little – hopefully this turns out to be nothing."

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