deGrom vs. Low-A hitters? Please 'send help'

Mets ace strikes out 8 of 10 batters in rehab start

May 21st, 2021

, out since May 11 with right side tightness, took another step in his recovery on Thursday as he made his first rehab start with Low-A St. Lucie.

deGrom threw 41 pitches in three innings of work against the Palm Beach Cardinals, allowing just one baserunner on an error and striking out eight of the 10 batters he faced.'s Jon Paul Morosi reported that deGrom is expected to make his next start with the big league club after his successful rehab start. The club has not confirmed.

According to the opponents' radar gun, deGrom touched 102 mph. The St. Louis affiliate had a little fun with that, too.

deGrom is eligible to be activated from the injured list on Friday, and there was some speculation that he could return to the rotation as soon as next week’s series against the Rockies at Citi Field. However, manager Luis Rojas has indicated that the Mets will remain cautious with deGrom’s timeline and will wait to see how he responds to the rehab start before determining his next step.