Jacob deGrom was scratched from his scheduled outing Sunday in a "B" game for the Mets due to a stomach illness.
It's obviously no reason to sound the alarms, and the silver lining here is noteworthy. To keep the 30-year-old on track to start Opening Day in less than two weeks, deGrom will throw Monday on the back fields. Fellow rotation mate Noah Syndergaard will toe the rubber for the other team in the Mets' intrasquad contest, providing an intriguing matchup, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported.
With a pair of games scheduled against NL East rival Washington for Sunday and Monday -- the two days deGrom and Syndergaard were scheduled to pitch, respectively -- the Mets made the conscious decision to shield them from Major League competition for the remainder of Spring Training.
Syndergaard has enjoyed a strong spring showing, posting zeros in three of his four starts and a 1.88 ERA over 14 1/3 innings with 19 strikeouts. DeGrom has looked like his usual self and has a 3.75 ERA in four outings.
The back fields are expected to be open to the public and both are scheduled to throw sometime before noon.