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New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom cleared to resume playing catch after MRI

Jul 27, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) watches from the dugout during the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) watches from the dugout during the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets finally got a piece of positive news about their ace starter Wednesday.

A doctor cleared Jacob deGrom to resume playing catch after the latest MRI on deGrom’s right elbow, manager Luis Rojas revealed.

“He had an MRI this morning and the doctor gave a green light after looking at the results, and he’s playing catch for the first time in a while (today). … We’ll see where we go from here,” Rojas said.

The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner has been on the injured list since July 15 with right elbow inflammation. He was transferred to the 60-day IL last week, and the Mets said he would be eligible to return on Sept. 13.

That doesn’t mean Mets fans can expect him back so quickly.

“There’s not a progression mapped out yet for how things are going to keep going, but at least getting to play catch today, that’s great news for us,” Rojas said.

While battling multiple injuries over the first half of the season, deGrom posted a 1.08 ERA and a 7-2 record in 15 starts, striking out 146 batters in just 92 innings. He was considered a heavy favorite for the NL Cy Young before his latest, extended IL stay.

The Mets, who led the NL East by four games at the end of July, are 6-16 this August and have fallen to third place in the division at 61-64 entering Wednesday’s games, 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves.

–Field Level Media