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Mets ace Jacob deGrom's recent MRI reportedly showed “considerable healing of the stress reaction on his scapula,” but he is still at least a month from retaking the mound.
Our panel of Pro Baseball Docs project that a return in 4-to-6 weeks would be the best-case scenario at this point.
The “considerable healing” of the scapula did not indicate it was completely healed. He is entering a strengthening phase but unable to throw yet and set for repeat MRI in three weeks.
As the Pro Baseball Docs detailed in late March, deGrom entered the season with a relatively low SIC player health score. He had a host of issues last season and those may have caused him to alter his windup.
That alteration likely led to the current shoulder problem and it's not fully clear if his elbow issues are completely behind him.
The Mets would be lucky to have deGrom back in mid-June, but the pitching staff has performed admirably without him.
Through 18 games, the Mets ranked fourth in ERA at 2.53 and have jumped out to a 13-5 start behind strong starts from Max Scherzer, Tylor Megill, Carlos Carrasco and Chris Bassitt.
The Mets are -150 to win the crowded NL East, followed by the Braves at +220 and the Phillies at +600, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.