Mets RHP Jacob deGrom, who had been dealing with lower back stiffness, threw 20 pitches during a bullpen session this morning in Port St. Lucie and will advance to throwing live batting practice on Sunday, manager Mickey Callaway said this afternoon.
The next step for deGrom after live batting practice would be his first game action of Spring Training, which could come early next week if all goes as planned.
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After throwing a modified side session on Wednesday, deGrom said 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."
Noah Syndergaard made his first start on Monday, Steven Matz started Tuesday, Matt Harvey started Wednesday, and Jason Vargas started Thursday.
DeGrom left Spring Training last Tuesday to be with his wife Stacey for the birth of the couple's second child, and returned last Saturday.