One day after deGrom's newborn son was discharged from the hospital, the Mets have announced that deGrom will start on on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. The 27-year-old has been working his way back from a sore lat muscle and may have been able to pitch tonight if it had not been for the medical emergency concerning his son. The Mets deemed deGrom ready to go after he tossed a 71-pitch simulated game in Port St. Lucie earlier today.
In his lone start of the season, deGrom allowed one earned run over six innings while striking out six and walking none before departing the game early with lat stiffness. He was able to keep a weak Phillies lineup in check despite diminished velocity, an issue that he has been dealing with all spring.
Logan Verrett will again start in place of deGrom tonight in Philadelphia. Verrett pitched well in his first start, holding the Marlins scoreless over six runs, striking out six and walking two.