The second I pressed the “post” button saying the Mets should hold off starting Jacob deGrom Sunday, I knew that would be their action.
However, I can’t help but wonder should the Mets win the first two games of their series with Minnesota and St. Louis loses two more in San Francisco (New York currently leads by one game) if they back off on deGrom.
DeGrom was sidelined with forearm inflammation after three straight poor starts in which he gave up 16 runs on 31 hits and seven walks in just 14.2 innings. He gave up four homers in that span.
DeGrom’s last victory was Aug. 2, 7-1, over the Yankees.
The Mets toyed with the idea of piggybacking deGrom with Steven Matz, who is on the disabled with an impingement in his shoulder. That Matz is scheduled to throw a bullpen Saturday, and yet was considered to be used in a game Sunday illustrates how that wasn’t a good idea.
Here’s hoping deGrom pitches without incident, but I can’t help but thinking they could be rushing him. If this were May or June, they wouldn’t bring him back so soon.
In other injury news, Lucas Duda, on the disabled list since May with a stress fracture in his lower back could rejoin the team Saturday. It’s unlikely he’ll be used for anything but a pinch-hitter at first. Teams must list the players eligible for the postseason by Sept. 1 and presumably Duda is on that list.
Juan Lagares, who had surgery on his left thumb, was activated and would be used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement. … Wilmer Flores took a cortisone injection in his right wrist. There is no return date.
Tonight’s Mets’ lineup:
Jose Reyes, 3B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Jay Bruce, RF
T.J. Rivera, 2B
James Loney, 1B
Bartolo Colon, RHP
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