“Feels a 100%”: Jacob deGrom makes the world watch his brilliance; struck out 5 of the 6 batters

Jacob deGrom makes the next step in his rehab.

Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom took the first step toward getting back to Citi Field on Sunday night, in his first rehab start for the Florida State League’s St. Lucie Mets at Clover Park, deGrom was overwhelming from the outset. This was his first time out since March 27 (right shoulder/scapula stress reaction), striking out five Jupiter Hammerheads in 1 2/3 innings. Special, Aye?

Jacob deGrom’s injury news came out in spring training, Buck Showalter joked around after the news that having a player like deGrom out for a couple of months would be like trading for an All-Star player in the month of July when he comes back. He showcased that it’s much better to have him back instead of thinking about trading another pitcher.

“What’s the Trade Deadline nowadays?” said Buck Showalter, “That’s a pretty good addition instead of a trade, Jacob deGrom.

Jacob deGrom topped 100 mph on his fastball in the first innings, who doesn’t want to see him perform as he did. 24 pitches in a match and striking out 5 batters, that is just sensational.

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Jacob deGrom exhibits quality with smashing success in his rehab start

Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom had a few words to say after he played his much-awaited comeback game after injury, the 34-years-old pitcher said, “Even though it was my first rehab start, I had a lot of nerves and was excited to be back out there,”

“I felt like I had control of everything — the main thing was trying to locate the fastball and pitch off that. Everything felt good,” said deGrom. “[My shoulder] feels 100 per cent. Because it was bone … you can’t really push it. I had to wait until the bone was healed and move forward from there.”

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“No one wants to miss time, we all want to be out there competing,” deGrom added. “It’s really tough. You want to be up there and help your team.” A return ahead of the All-Star break might not be possible for Jacob deGrom, but his dominance in St. Lucie bodes well for his near return to Major League Baseball action.

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