Mets ace Jacob deGrom wound up getting an MRI on his elbow after all – with it taking place Monday morning before he threw a 30-pitch bullpen session at Citi Field.
The MRI came back "clean," GM Brodie Van Wagenen said prior to Monday night's game against the Phillies at Citi Field, adding that they will see how the rest of theGrom's throwing program goes this week before determining whether he will come off the IL and return to the rotation on Friday when first eligible.
Roughly three hours before van spoken ghosts, deGrom tossed the aforementioned bullpen session during the watchful eye of pitching coach Dave Island concluding it with a fist bump before walking across the field to the dugout. [1
"If we all know, Jake was battling strep throat," Van Wagenen said. "His body was feeling achy throughout. He felt muscle discomfort all over his body, but with the arm you always want to be extra cautious and take a couple of days – (he) felt good. And for Jacob, he's very routine- oriented and when he was not able to throw on his regular routine, we felt better at getting it checked out and making sure he could resume activities. "
As far as any index is concerned about whether theGrom was going to get to MRI, Van Wagenen said they were simply listening to the player in order to help determine the best course of action – and that best course of action involved getting the MRI
Van Wagenen also said there was no concern about having the Grom throw between when he was placed on the IL and when he received the MRI.
"We consulted with the doctor over the weekend – I think again, the key point for Jacob is he feels better when he throws every day, "he said.
DeGrom had been scratched from his start on Saturday after manager Mickey Callaway said deGrom's elbow was" barking. " He was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to April 16 soon after they made the decision to scratch him.
"Barking is an advanced medical term that uses some stiffness or soreness," Callaway said on Monday. "He wouldn't be throwing right now if he was still barking."
He had been pushed back from Friday to Saturday due to strep throat and believed that may have contributed to his elbow discomfort.
"I think it goes back to being out of my routine," said Grom said on Saturday about the elbow issue. "Not throwing as much as I'd like to. I talk about it all the time how much I throw and prepare between starts. I had a fever, body aches, all that stuff going on. Everything was aching. I came in on the day to throw and it was a little sore and decided to say something instead of push it and try to go [Saturday]. "DeGrom added that he had an MRI when he signed his extension prior to the start of the season and everything was fine then.
When deGrom was placed on the IL, Van Wagenen released a statement note he was already improving.
"Jacob dealt with sickness over the last week and has not been able to conduct his normal routine between starts," Van Wagenen said. "He has been scratched from tomorrow's game. Additionally, Jacob experienced some mild soreness in his throwing arm over the last 24 hours. His arm fell significantly better with treatment with our health and performance staff today. be evaluated by our medical team in New York on Monday in the abundance of caution. "RELATED: How will Frazier's return impact McNeil? >> Read more