ST. LOUIS — Jacob deGrom’s right-lat soreness has subsided to the point at which he’s thinking about his next start.
The Mets ace plans to play catch Thursday and receive further medical evaluation. If he doesn’t encounter discomfort, he will throw a bullpen session the following day and then start Sunday against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field.
“I’m feeling good now,” deGrom said Wednesday before the Mets faced the Cardinals in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium.
DeGrom awoke Monday with the lat discomfort. He notified team officials, and when the soreness didn’t subside Tuesday, a decision was reached he wouldn’t pitch that night. He had an MRI exam, which showed inflammation in the lat. Tuesday’s game ended up postponed because of weather.
“If it had improved a little bit I would have been fine, just battling through some soreness,” deGrom said. “But I decided to let them know and wanted to get it looked at, just to be safe, early in the season didn’t want to do anything and hopefully miss just one. Try to err on the side of caution and just hopefully miss one.”
DeGrom said the location of his lat discomfort has left him optimistic he isn’t dealing with anything too serious.
“It’s in a good spot,” he said. “Any time it creeps up toward the armpit, it’s not good, but the spot it’s in is definitely manageable, so we’ll just reevaluate [Thursday] and revisit with the doctor and go from there.”
This week, deGrom was named National League Pitcher of the Month for April after going 2-2 with a 0.51 ERA and 59 strikeouts over five starts.
The Mets are still trying to decide on the locale for Carlos Carrasco’s minor league rehab start Sunday. It’s possible the right-hander will join the Mets’ rotation after that start.
Brandon Nimmo was absent from the starting lineup for the first game of the doubleheader, but he was being evaluated for a possible start in the nightcap. Nimmo has battled an index finger bone bruise that has prevented him from starting since Saturday.
Sean Reid-Foley was added to the roster as the 27th player for the doubleheader.