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Jacob deGrom's return from rotator cuff tendinitis Saturday night in Los Angeles, but surrendered five earned runs over six innings with seven strikeouts and two walks against the Dodgers.

“I felt good,” deGrom said after the game. “A lot of outings come down to that few pitches, and tonight I didn’t make the big pitches when I needed to.”

The Mets want him pitching through the end of the season and do intend to skip starts or limit his innings (NY Post, Aug. 24).

"There’s a lot of advantage to it, and that is to learn how to do it," Terry Collins said about deGrom pitching a full year in the rotation. "For players who have never had to play or pitch through that sixth month, that’s a tough task. ... To have him pitch through September, that’s a big help when we get into a pennant race.”

The math doesn't add up, especially if they wanted to keep him around 180 innings for the season. He's got about seven starts left, so my hunch is they'll go with a six-man rotation and/or use off days to space things out. I suppose the team could have had a total change of heart about this policy, but - assuming the haven't - the rotation will need to be tinkered with in some way to get deGrom to game 162.

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