Mets’ Jacob deGrom cleared to throw harder

The New York Mets said on Tuesday that star pitcher Jacob deGrom has been cleared to throw at a higher velocity and from longer distances. He had been throwing off flat ground from a distance of 75 feet.

“He’s right where he needs to be,” said Mets manager Buck Showalter. “And yeah, I do know a little bit more about what the plans are. But I don’t want to jinx it with the baseball gods.”

There hasn’t been a decision as to whether deGrom will need another MRI, but imaging tests on taken on Monday showed “significant healing in the scapula,” according to a team release.

On April 1, deGrom was prevented from throwing after an MRI showed a stress reaction in his right scapula. After deGrom had a 1.08 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 92 innings over 15 starts in the first half of the 2021 season, he missed the final three months due to forearm and elbow injuries.

The Mets also said that catcher James McCann underwent surgery on his left hamate bone on Tuesday. Recovery from hamate surgery, a common procedure for hitters, generally spans from four to six weeks.

Starling Marte was placed on the bereavement list on Tuesday due to the death of his grandmother. Wednesday also marks the two-year anniversary of his wife’s death from a heart attack. Players on the bereavement list must miss a minimum of three games and a maximum of seven games.

“To be frank with you, it was heart-wrenching talking to him yesterday,” Showalter said. “I don’t think people realize he’s had a tough go. He lost his mother early in his life. His grandmother was very close to him. She passed away suddenly, I understand. He’s home for as long as he needs to be there.”

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