"He threw a bullpen today, and it felt great," manager Mickey Callaway said. "No issues whatsoever."
deGrom has been the Mets' most consistent starter, standing at 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA through seven outings. He experienced pain while taking a third-inning swing against the Braves on Wednesday night, then came out after throwing one more inning and experiencing biceps discomfort.
The Mets announced that he had hyperextended the right elbow. But there were uneasy feelings about his status -- before an MRI showed no structural damage.
"Obviously, he's very important to us," Callaway said. "It'll be nice to have him out there on Monday pitching."
Hitting is another story. At the plate, deGrom is 2-for-14 with an RBI this year. But will he be up there swinging again against the Reds?
"No, he will not," Callaway said. "I haven't told him that, but no. There's really no reason to. If it were up to me, the [pitchers] would never take BP. They would never swing in the game. We don't need their spot in the lineup to score runs. And if we do, we're not going to win anyway.
"So at this point, I think it's better off that he just go up there and bunt and get guys over and things like that."
Swarzak making progress The Mets signed Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million deal as a free agent in December to be one of their primary arms in the bullpen. The 32-year-old righty appeared in the first two games of the season, but he strained his left oblique in the second one and went on the disabled list April 2. He has been out since.
Finally, though, he had an encouraging day again with a baseball in his hand. His previous attempt at playing catch didn't go well, but Saturday's session did.
He said he will fly to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Sunday and "start to play catch more and more and get closer to games."
Swarzak had hoped at the time of the injury that he would be out for just a few weeks.
"I think that I'm disappointed that the injury was so significant," Swarzak said. "I'm just trying to be positive and know that I felt pain-free today, and that was the first time since the injury that I got to play catch and didn't feel any pain. So I'm excited about that.
"I didn't have any setbacks [previously]. I was pushing early on to try to stick with what I said, about two to three weeks, and I just wasn't ready that first time I played catch a few weeks ago. That was on me. I was trying to get ready."
The Mets have had some inconsistency from the bullpen while Swarzak has been out.
"I think it can be better, and it will be better when he comes back," Callaway said. "Time frame with him, there's no telling. It all depends on how much arm strength he feels he lost and what he feels he needs to get comfortable to come back and be competitive at the Major League level. But he's going to ship off [Sunday] and really start getting after it."