Jacob deGrom, who is dealing with lower back stiffness, threw a side session this morning in Port St. Lucie.
Jacob deGrom throwing this morning pic.twitter.com/O3IeNm8fHB- SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) February 28, 2018
After throwing, deGrom said the next step will be a full bullpen session and that he thinks he's on track for Opening Day.
"I think if things keep going smooth, I don't think there's a reason I shouldn't be (ready)," he said, adding that he only needs to reach 75 or so pitches by the end of Spring Training to be stretched out enough to start the regular season.
"Today is a great sign for me that everything felt good," he said. "I think everything was more precautionary. You want to be safe and not do something dumb and end up missing two months of the season."
DeGrom has not yet made his first Spring Training start.
Noah Syndergaard made his first start on Monday, Steven Matz started yesterday, and Matt Harvey is scheduled to start today. Jason Vargas is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday.
DeGrom left Spring Training last Tuesday to be with his wife Stacey for the birth of the couple's second child, and returned this past Saturday.