Jacob deGrom "Close To Stepping Atop A Mound"

With Max Scherzer out for several more weeks, and Tylor Megill also still out, the New York Mets could use some good news from the ranks of the pitching rotation. Jacob deGrom—who has yet to pitch this season—saying he feels "completely normal" is definitely a step in the right direction. 

According to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com, deGrom has been long-tossing this weekend, up to 135 feet, as he continues to rehab from his scapula injury that shut his season down just before Opening Day. And he says that "all evidence suggests that Jacob deGrom is close to stepping atop a mound for the first time since March."

"I feel completely normal," deGrom told reporters. "Do we push it or do we not—that's gonna be the discussion over the next few days, and when we get on the mound, what is the safest way to go about this."

At the same time, however, he also says that he won't be "scared" to get back on the mound. You can’t go out there in fear. Do your best to prepare and go out there and play the game. I don’t think many guys go out there and are scared of getting hurt. You go out there and compete, and you leave it all out there."