Jacob deGrom has date set for follow-up MRI, after which he could be cleared to throw

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Jacob deGrom spring training start blue uniform good shot
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Mets right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom, who has been out since April 1 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder, will receive a follow-up MRI on April 25.

Depending on how that MRI looks, deGrom could be cleared for throwing at that point or soon after.

"I know everything is going real well," manager Buck Showalter said on Tuesday. "They're really happy where he is right now. I'm not saying he's ahead or behind schedule ... He's doing well, he's doing well ... I know they're talking a little bit about some mechanical things to try to keep him healthy down the road."

DeGrom, who is in the midst of a roughly four-week shutdown to allow the injury time to heal, recently had a bone scan that confirmed the original diagnosis of a stress reaction/scapula injury.

On March 31, with spring training nearing a close, deGrom reported shoulder tightness. He was placed on the 10-day IL the next day, after the initial MRI revealed the injury.

When deGrom is cleared to throw, the expectation is that he will begin with light throwing before ramping up.

"Bone healing itself is a six-week process, so you wouldn’t want to see him going full speed before then," Deepak Chona, MD, a Stanford-trained orthopedic sports surgeon and founder of SportsMedAnalytics, told SNY earlier this month when discussing deGrom's injury. "If he did, he’d put himself at an unnecessarily high risk of re-injury.

According to Chona, who does not personally treat deGrom, the right-hander should be himself when he returns when it comes to velocity and control.

Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

"Most scapula stress fractures that are caught early heal relatively reliably if the player strictly adheres to the rest and rehab protocol," said Chona. "Any time there is an extended period off followed by a ramp back up, there is an accompanying risk of overdoing it and having a setback. However, as long as deGrom progresses slowly, you should expect a full recovery of his prior pitching performance with respect to both velocity and control.

"Furthermore, once he’s back, I wouldn’t expect this to act up again midseason. DeGrom at age 33 is not exactly young for an MLB pitcher, but he’s shown the ability to bounce back before. We have no reason to expect this to be much different."

Without deGrom, the Mets' starting rotation has opened the season in historic fashion, posting a 1.07 ERA over the first 10 games -- the lowest ERA for any starting rotation since the earned run became an officially tracked stat in 1913.

Another injured rotation member, Taijuan Walker, is set to make a rehab start on Wednesday, and could be activated after that appearance.

At the moment, the Mets' rotation consists of Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Carlos Carrasco, David Peterson, and Tylor Megill.