Mets RHP Jacob deGrom said he was "kind of surprised" he was pulled after a long first inning in his return from the disabled list in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
DeGrom threw 45 pitches, walked three batters and struck out two in the first inning, pitching into and out of a bases-loaded jam.
"He was a little rusty I think ... Didn't get the ball where he wanted to, was yanking a few pitches," manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game. "[Pitching coach] Dave [Eiland] and I talked we just didn't feel good sending him out. We can't do that to anybody. That's a lot of pitches for one inning."
In addition to a 59-minute rain delay to start the game, deGrom threw 24 pitches before he even recorded an out. After walking three straight batters, he struck out Rhys Hoskins on six pitches, got Carlos Santana to ground into a fielder's choice and struck out Maikel Franco on a 10-pitch at-bat to escape the inning without allowing a run.
"I definitely would've liked to go back out there," deGrom said. "The reasoning I understand, but who wants to pitch one inning as a starter?"
He has not allowed a run in his last four appearances, throwing 19 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.
The 29-year-old deGrom landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a hyperextended elbow, pitching for the first time since throwing four scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves on May 2.
"I felt fine," he said after the game. "That's what was frustrating. Warming up felt great. And then I went out there and the first pitch of the game I missed by four feet."