Mets' Luis Rojas optimistic Jacob deGrom will be able to make next start this weekend

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Jacob deGrom home whites tight shot side angle
Jacob deGrom home whites tight shot side angle

It’s been a busy 24 hours for the Mets, with the team relieving hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater of duties, but Tuesday ended with some promising news in Mets Land.

After Jacob deGrom was scratched from Tuesday’s start (a game which was eventually rained out anyway), the Mets announced that an MRI had revealed inflammation in his right lat. But the team didn’t place him on the Injured List, and Luis Rojas said he’s optimistic deGrom may be able to pitch this weekend.

“Next few days, no throwing. He’s getting treatment now, he made it here … So no throwing, and then he’s going to be able to throw, maybe throw a side, and that will determine when his next start is going to be,” Rojas said after Tuesday’s game was rained out.

“I am (optimistic). Right now I am, especially after hearing the good news after having a little bit of concern earlier today with him. We’ll see how he is in the next few days. He’s going to get treatment in the next few days, no throwing like we said., but I am optimistic.”

The Mets’ rotation is still in a bit of flux with Jordan Yamamoto being called up as a potential starter the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, but the way things currently stand, deGrom’s next turn through the rotation should be Sunday at Citi Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The team will see how deGrom responds to treatment over the next few days, but for now, there’s at least some optimism that the reigning NL Pitcher of the Month will miss only one start with this lat issue.