Mets Ice’s frustration level is ‘really high’

Port St. Lucy – A frustrated Jacob Degrom tries to capitalize on his recent injury.

In his first public comments since he was diagnosed two days ago with a pressure reaction on his right scapula, the Mets ace said Sunday he was relieved to know he was dealing with a bone problem that should heal completely with rest.

“Structurally, everything looks fine, so once the bones are healed, we’ll be ready to go and build up from there and hopefully be healthy for the rest of the year,” said Degrom in Clover Park.

But the right-handed has been closed from throwing for up to four weeks and will then need time to build up before he can rejoin the Mets’ rotation, a process that could take him into late May or later.

Degrom noted that he was shocked by the injury that first caught his eye while playing on Thursday. An MRI scan the next day found the stress reaction.

To this point, Degrom had made five runs over two backs in the Grapefruit League and hit 10, throwing a fast ball in the 97-99 mph range.

It came after Degrom missed the second half of last season with forearm and elbow pain.

“I’m really frustrated,” Degrom said. “I came to camp feeling really good, my elbow and shoulder felt good, and then I could hear a pressure reaction in the bone that was definitely something I wasn’t expecting, so the frustration level is really high at the moment.”

Manager Buck Showalter still hasn’t officially named Degrom’s replacement in the rotation (Taylor Miguel, David Peterson and Trevor Williams are the top candidates) as he navigates another short-term issue: Max Scherzer’s right hamstring pain.

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Jacob Degrom during a spring training match in the Mets on March 27, 2022.
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DeGrom was scheduled to show the opening game Thursday in Washington. The Mets will learn more about Scherzer after he delivered a side session on Tuesday.

On the 15 start of last season, deGrom dropped to 1.08 ERA.

You want to see him on the field for 35 starts,” Francisco Lindor said. “You want to see him. He’s one of the greats. I want to be a part of watching this unfold. But we can only wish him the best and quickest recovery and we have a job to do.”

Lindor noted that a healthy DeGrom alone does not guarantee success.

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Jacob Degrom says he is “really disappointed” about his recent injury.
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“Even if [deGrom] He was in the team, how many games did Jacob lose because we didn’t do our job? “Teams can still beat us 1-0,” Lindor said. It’s fun to watch on the sidelines. I want to see him every five days.

“The sky’s the one that doesn’t fall. We have to focus on what we have. We have 26 other guys trying to do the job. It’s part grinding. It’s part adversity. We’re athletes. We’re going to get hurt.”

Degrom said he wishes he could pinpoint the cause of his recent injury.

“That’s something I’m trying to figure out, because I felt like I’m putting myself in a good place this off season to be ready to start over 30,” he said. “I would have guessed if I said exactly what happened. I flipped a short ramp, and wasn’t making a competitive bid. [8 ½] months, but that would be a guess if you said exactly what happened.”

One thing has not changed. Arriving at spring training, DeGrom said he plans to practice pulling out on his contract after this season. The right-hand man signed a five-year contract worth $137.5 million prior to the 2019 season which included a withdrawal after the fourth year. When asked on Sunday if he still intends to withdraw, Degrom answered in the affirmative.