The throwing was free and easy for Jacob deGrom in his first long-toss workout since he went on the disabled list. He experienced no pain or stress as he made throws from 90 feet on the rightfield grass. "It was a set number," he said Saturday.
And what exactly was that set number? "I don't know,'' he said. "I wasn't counting."
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That was a sign that he wasn't bogged down by the details or anything else in his step back from shoulder tendinitis. He knows it could have been worse. "I was relieved when I got the MRI and the results came back. And then to go out today and not feel anything was a good feeling," he said.
He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, is eligible to come off the DL a week from Sunday and conceivably could slide into the rotation spot now held by his replacement, Rafael Montero. Said Terry Collins, "In an ideal world, yes. I'm not sure we live in one of those."
Travis d'Arnaud was in the lineup Saturday night, having recovered from getting a whack on the arm from a swing Friday night. Earlier this season, he suffered a concussion on a follow- through by the Yankees' Alfonso Soriano. Entering Saturday night, d'Arnaud was hitting .274 with seven home runs since his return from Triple-A on June 24, highlighting his importance.
"We are concerned about this," Collins said, mindful that d'Arnaud sets up closer to the plate than most. "You move him back too far and all of a sudden, he's susceptible to the foul tip. If you move him underneath where you get more strike [calls], you're susceptible to the backswings. We're concerned. You can't keep losing this guy for seven days every month."
Twice as ice?
Mets vice president Jay Horwitz, like the team's players, recently met the Ice Bucket Challenge. That didn't prevent him from getting challenged again, by White Sox manager Robin Ventura, a former Met. Horwitz was left wondering if one bucket makes a person exempt.