Mets manager Luis Rojas said that his ace, Jacob deGrom, will be making his first spring training appearance on Saturday against the Houston Astros.
It will be the official start to deGrom's quest for collecting his third Cy Young Award in four seasons after missing out on the trifecta in the shortened 2020 campaign.
While he may not be touching 100 mph like he normally does during the regular season, fans will love to see No. 48 striding toward the mound once again.
"Yes, that's what we expect," Rojas said when asked to confirm deGrom's schedule. "Saturday will be Jake's debut night game. It will be our first night game, looking forward to it."
Rojas added that pitchers like Taijuan Walker and Carlos Carrasco should be coming soon after that, as they progress.
Meanwhile, Dominic Smith will be in action for the first time this spring sooner than deGrom. Rojas expects him to serve as a DH in Thursday's game against the Washington Nationals.
"I think tomorrow we're going to have him in there," Rojas said of Smith. "Maybe start by DH'ing him. He's doing some work in the outfield. Like I said earlier, we may see him more in the outfield than first base. That's where he'll get more playing time right now, especially with the pitcher hitting."
If the universal DH is adopted in the National League once again this season, Smith could possibly see more time at first base with Pete Alonso serving in that DH role.