Jacob deGrom has had a difficult month, but as MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports, deGrom is ready to start throwing “imminently” in preparation for a return to the rotation.
After getting extra rest following two straight bad games, deGrom started against the Marlins on September 1, only to be removed after five innings. He was diagnosed with elbow inflammation the next day and has been held out of the rotation since.
DiComo also writes that deGrom did not travel with the team to Cincinnati but has rejoined them in Atlanta for their final trip to Turner Field.
If deGrom can return to his mid-season form, when he posted ERAs of 2.45 and 2.27 in June and July, respectively, he will provide a major boost over fill-in Rafael Montero. While the Mets have won both of the games that Montero has started, he didn’t get beyond five innings in either and has struggled with control. With the team already deploying rookies Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman as two-fifths of the rotation, the return of deGrom would provide some much-needed stability as the team battles for a Wild Card spot.