Jacob deGrom’s moves between seats on Friday may be examined more than usual after a video went viral in recent days in which the Mets’ right-hand man walked into his belt before a pitch and touched his glove.
The controversy comes amid MLB’s attempts to crack down on pitchers using foreign substances on the ball. DeGrom, who has settled for a 0.62-ERA this season, is scheduled to face the Padres at Citi Field, where the Mets will begin a seven-game home run.
DeGrom’s teammates quickly rushed to his defense on Twitter following the publication of the video, which suggested he was applying a substance to baseball.
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Added Kevin Pillar: “I want to bet my paycheck that he does not spend anything.”
DeGrom has held opponents to an earned race or fewer in each of its nine starts in 2021 – a major league record to begin the season. He fired seven shutout innings with 11 strikes in his final start in San Diego on Saturday.
Carlos Carrasco – although he feels strong physically – has not come as fast as the Mets had hoped, which led to the recent slowdown in his rehabilitation following an evaluation of MRI examination results by Dr. David Altchek on his right hamstring. Carrasco has been on the injury list since the spring when he tore his right hamstring.
Team President Sandy Alderson said it is possible the right hand will not be ready until the end of July.
“I hope there is a place between the beginning and the end of July,” Alderson told MLB Network. “July is probably realistic at this point, but things have changed. What was realistic in April has not happened, so it’s hard to tell. ”
Alderson added that he does not expect Noah Syndergaard, who has been shut down from throwing his Tommy John surgery, back to before September 1st.
“What I hope is that we get Carrasco back and then Syndergaard, but it will also be a big boost for our club at about the right time,” said Alderson.
Friday begins a wild stretch for the Mets of 33 games scheduled for 31 days, leading to the All-Star break. Included are three double heads (against the Nationals, Braves and Phillies) and a makeup game in Washington on June 28th. The Mets’ lone remaining scheduled off-day before the All-Star break is June 24, in the middle of a home game against the Braves and Phillies.
Pillar, who blew up two homers against the Orioles on Wednesday, said his time on the injured list after being hit in the face by a pitch and maintaining a broken nose last month was beneficial as it allowed him to focus on his turn again.
“A bit of free time allowed me, I would not say to recreate myself, but to find some comfort in the box,” Pillar said.