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Jacob deGrom Gives Honest Take on First Rehab Start

Devon Platana
New York Mets SP Jacob deGrom has given an honest take on his first rehab start.
New York Mets SP Jacob deGrom has given an honest take on his first rehab start. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets fans received great news over the weekend when Jacob deGrom made his first rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie. A shoulder injury has sidelined the ace throughout the 2022 MLB season, but his dominant performance during Sunday's 8-2 victory puts him one step closer to making his return.

deGrom's strong start mainly derived from him being significantly more talented than any of the best Single-A players. However, that didn't stop the veteran ace from being honest about his rehab appearance after the game, saying that he "had a lot of nerves" ahead of the start.

Jacob deGrom Rehab Update

Aside from Spring Training, deGrom hadn't pitched a baseball game since July 2021, validating his nerves over the weekend. Still, he added that he "was excited to be back out there" and that his shoulder feels more than good enough to pitch.

"I felt like I had control of everything -- the main thing was trying to locate the fastball and pitch off that. Everything felt good."

Jacob deGrom

deGrom ended the rehab start with five strikeouts without a hit allowed over 1.2 innings of work. MLB insider Anthony DiComo reported that deGrom hit at least 100 mph on six of the 24 pitches that he threw.

The Mets are likely thrilled with deGrom's start, especially with the news that fellow starting pitcher Max Scherzer (oblique) will be activated from the injured list on Tuesday. After all, deGrom was poised for his third Cy Young in 2021 before his season-ending injury, going 7-2 in 15 starts with a 1.08 ERA and 0.554 WHIP.

The hope is for deGrom to get a few more rehab starts in, ramping up his pitch count until he's MLB-ready. Assuming that there aren't any setbacks, the hope is that he'll be back on the Mets' mound in time for the second half of the 2022 season.

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The Mets' 2022 World Series odds are already looking promising and deGrom's return could take them to another level. FanDuel Sportsbook already has the Mets available at +700 (No. 4) to go on a championship run this fall.

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