Jacob deGrom MRI Results A Step In The Right Direction

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom had his long-anticipated MRI, as well as a CT scan on Monday, and the results are promising. The team said it showed "considerable healing of the stress reaction on his scapula."

As reported by Mets beat reporter Anthony DiComo, the ace pitcher has been cleared to begin "loading and strengthening of the shoulder", however there is no mention of actually throwing (kind of important for a pitcher). 

One person with knowledge of the situation, says DiComo, noted that deGrom must ramp up in phases, with the “loading and strengthening” phase preceding a throwing program.

More imaging in 3 weeks for deGrom

deGrom—widely regarded as the greatest pitcher of this generation—missed much of last season with a number of arm/right side issues, pitching only 92 innings. But boy, what a 92 innings they were, with a 1.08 ERA and an 0.55 WHIP, along with 14.3 K/9. 

The 33-year-old has yet another date with the MRI machine in three weeks, upon which more will be known. 

If everything goes well with that imaging, he would still likely face a 4-6 week ramp-up to return, putting him back in the Mets rotation no earlier than late June. 

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