Jacob deGrom let loose Thursday, and to the eye the results were encouraging.
In a minor league rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie in Jupiter, Fla., the Mets ace fired three hitless innings with eight strikeouts, with his fastball in the range of 99 mph to 102 mph, according to a scout in attendance. DeGrom’s slider sat at 92 mph to 94 mph, according to the scout.
After being removed from the game following 41 pitches, deGrom threw an additional “inning” in the bullpen.
The Mets will now decide a next step for deGrom, who was placed on the injured list May 10 with right-side tightness. The team originally hoped deGrom would return this weekend, but opted to send him for the rehab start so he could focus on mechanics.
DeGrom last pitched for the Mets on May 9, when he left his start against the Diamondbacks after five innings with the tightness. His previous start against the Cardinals was scratched because of lat swelling.
The Mets provided no further medical update on Pete Alonso, who was unavailable Wednesday because of left wrist soreness. The team is expected to address Alonso’s status before Friday’s game in Miami.
Manager Luis Rojas indicated an MRI exam was a possibility for Alonso, who received X-rays on the wrist (they were negative) after he was hit by a pitch two weeks ago in St. Louis. In Alonso’s absence Wednesday, Dominic Smith started at first base for the first time this season.
The Mets have homered eight times in their past six games after hitting only seven over their previous 13. Jonathan Villar has been the Mets’ main source of power during the latest stretch, with three homers.