Mets RHP Jacob deGrom allowed two runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings on Sunday in his first Grapefruit League start of the season.
DeGrom struck out four batters and walked one while touching 98 miles per hour. He struck out the side in the first inning.
"I feel healthy. That was the main thing," deGrom told reporters after Sunday's game. "Good first inning. Definitely had a lot of adrenaline."
The 29-year-old's first start came five days after he threw 30 pitches across two innings in a simulated game. His spring debut had been delayed due to lower back stiffness.
"We're going to keep things going," deGrom told reporters. "Now I'm not that far behind. That was the main plan. Feel like I'm pretty close. The goal is to make every start from here on out."
If deGrom continues to pitch on an every-fifth-day schedule, he would be on pace to start the Mets' second game of the season on March 31 against the Cardinals at Citi Field. DeGrom said Tuesday that it would be an honor to start on Opening Day, but that he's looking at the big picture.
"The goal is to be in the World Series, so there's some more starts there."
DeGrom went 15-10 with a 3.53 ERA across a career-high 31 starts for the Mets in 2017.