Mets righthander Jacob deGrom has inflammation in his right forearm and likely will miss his next start, but if you ask manager Terry Collins, things could have been much worse.
“I actually called the trainer two times today trying to get a report while they were at the doctor’s,” Collins said Friday. “That’s about as pins and needles as I can get. I needed to know because I didn’t like the sound of it last night. I didn’t like what I heard. I’m very lucky and we’re very lucky that it’s nothing more than what it is.”
DeGrom, who was seen motioning to trainer Ray Ramirez after leaving Thursday night’s game against the Marlins, said he experienced some soreness during that start, prompting a precautionary MRI. Results were negative and there is no structural damage. “Honestly, I’m not really that concerned about it,” deGrom said. “We got good results. The ligament and everything looks good.”
The team said deGrom will take medication to relieve the soreness and start throwing again when the discomfort subsides.
In the two starts before Thursday night’s game against the Marlins, deGrom gave up eight runs and 13 hits in five innings against the Giants and five runs and 12 hits in 4 2⁄3 innings against the Cardinals. He said he felt similar twinges against the Giants and added that it might have been because it was a little chillier in San Francisco.
“We were very lucky and I feel great that the MRI came back clean,” Collins said. “There’s a pretty big relief that it was a strain . . . Rest is going to be the best medicine.”
n Matz to start throwing
Steven Matz (left shoulder) likely will be cleared to throw at the Mets’ Port St. Lucie rehabilitation center on Monday, Collins said.