Jacob deGrom threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session in Port St. Lucie today. He will throw another bullpen session on Sunday, and the Mets will then decide whether or not to place him on the disabled list. Terry Collins said that deGrom underwent an MRI on his ailing right lat.
deGrom threw just 76 pitches in six innings of shutout baseball against the Philadelphia Phillies in the Mets' home opener on April 8 but left with lat tightness. The former Rookie of the Year told reporters after the game that he felt the tightness on a pitch to Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff in the sixth inning. The 27-year-old also experienced back tightness during spring training that he blamed on a bad mattress.
Logan Verrett filled in for deGrom in the rotation on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, and he threw six scoreless innings with six strikeouts. If deGrom needs a trip to the disabled list, Verrett is the likeliest candidate to hold down his spot in the rotation.