PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Mets righthander Jacob deGrom did not participate in drills or throw his scheduled bullpen session on Monday because of soreness in the inner thigh of his left leg.
The injury appears minor, but the Mets have insisted upon exercising caution with their stable of young arms, as evidenced by their treatment of deGrom.
He’s expected to have his throwing session pushed back to Wednesday or Thursday, even though the only treatment required for the injury has been ice thus far.
“The other day he was running, and he kind of pushed off, the turf gave way and he felt a little twinge,” said Terry Collins, who met with deGrom before workouts on Monday. “So I said, ‘Listen, let’s not get cute here,’ so we’ll give him a couple of days.”
DeGrom was limited to long-tossing Monday with no problem. He called the delay merely “precautionary.” It shouldn’t interfere with his preparation for the season, partly because of another precaution that the Mets are taking.
DeGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz aren’t scheduled to pitch in the first week of Grapefruit League games. Pushing back their exhibition appearances is part of the Mets’ efforts to reduce the group’s workload.
Even during the season, the Mets intend to occasionally make use of a six-man rotation, as they did last year. Also, as is the case with most teams, the Mets likely won’t push their starters much past 90 pitches in the earliest days of the regular season.
The Mets consider deGrom’s injury a minor setback, especially because he has looked good during throwing sessions.
“You guys saw his bullpen the other day,” Collins said. “It was light outs. Lights out. So we know his arm’s fine. So let’s just take this slow. We’ll get your legs under you and he’ll resume throwing in a couple of days. He’ll be ready to go.”
DeGrom said he slipped while running during drills on Saturday but felt good enough to complete his run. He also worked out on a normal schedule on Sunday with no issues.
“I actually didn’t feel it when I slipped,” deGrom said. “I kept running and nothing was bothering me. And then yesterday, it was a little sore and I went and did everything. It didn’t bother me doing anything.
“I felt like I could have went today, but I think it was being careful. It’s early. I don’t want to go out there and aggravate it more.”
On Monday, with some lingering soreness, deGrom alerted Collins.
“I wish he would have said something immediately, because he said he kind of felt it and finished his running,” Collins said. “But that’s how they are. They don’t think they’re ever going to get hurt.”
Notes & quotes: Righthander Rafael Montero believes he has something to prove. “Of course I do, and that’s why I’m here,” said Montero, a once-heralded prospect. “To prove to them that I can do this job.” Montero frustrated the organization by missing much of last season with a shoulder injury that was not believed to be serious . . . Zack Wheeler is tentatively scheduled to throw off the mound on Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March . . . The Mets will wear their distinctive 1986 uniforms for all Sunday home games this season, the 30th anniversary of the club’s last World Series championship . . . Outfielder Alejandro De Aza is the only position player expected to make the 25-man roster who has not reported to camp . . . Mike Piazza, John Franco and Mookie Wilson are expected to serve as guest instructors during camp.
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