PHILADELPHIA — Jaxon deGrom is safe at home.
After spending his first week in a Florida hospital because of complications, the newborn son of Mets right hander Jacob deGrom was released Monday, manager Terry Collins said.
DeGrom went on the family emergency list on Friday to remain at his home in Florida, where he could tend to his son and his wife, Stacey.
DeGrom is closer to a return from the right lat tightness that sidelined him even before his son’s birth. He is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Tuesday at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in hopes of building up his pitch count.
The Mets have yet to lock down a return date for deGrom, though Collins said it could come during this weekend’s series in Atlanta. “He’s going to throw his simulated game and we’re going to take a look at where he’s at,” said Collins, who indicated that the results of the session will dictate deGrom’s pitch count in his next start.
DeGrom hasn’t started since April 8, when he departed early with lat tightness. Collins hopes he can pitch into the sixth inning in his return.
David Wright returned to the starting lineup after a scheduled day off on Sunday, which he was given in anticipation of playing every game during the remainder of the three-city road trip. His return paid off immediately.
Wright extended his freakish success at Citizens Bank Park, hitting two homers to help the Mets beat the Phillies, 5-2.
“I can’t put my finger on it,” said Wright, who is a .293 hitter with 22 homers and 69 RBIs in 98 career games here. “It’s a good place to hit, certainly. But other than that, I just think I’ve played a lot here.”
In his first full season since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, Wright is off to a fast start, hitting .289. Both of his homers were to the opposite field, another encouraging sign.
Said Wright: “When I am seeing the ball well, when I am on time, I could take that pitch that’s middle, middle away, and hit it the other way.”
One more d’Ay
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud pronounced himself “good to go” but was held out of the starting lineup against the Phillies on Monday night as a precaution. He’s expected to be back in the lineup tonight. “He feels much, much better today,” Collins said. “I just want to give him one more day.”
Kevin Plawecki started for the second straight game, coming off a two-hit performance Sunday. He went 0-for-4.
Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs, signs that he may be emerging from his slump. Before the two-out RBI double in the sixth, he was 2-for-15 on the road trip.
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