New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom puts together second straight strong rehab start for Class A St. Lucie

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom made his second rehab start for Class A St. Lucie Friday night in Daytona, Fla., allowing three hits in three scoreless innings with six strikeouts and no walks.

The right-hander threw 29 of 36 shots for strikes while continuing to make progress due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade that sidelined him all season.

“The first time I came off in a game, had a five-day routine — I felt really good,” deGrom told reporters after his game against the Cincinnati Reds offshoot in Daytona. “I was happy to get out of there and get three full innings.”

DeGrom was just as efficient in his first rehab start earlier this week, batting five of the six batters he faced and throwing 18 of 24 pitches for strikes.

“It’s step-by-step, but I followed the process as it was laid out and just tried not to overdo it,” deGrom told reporters. “Everything feels good. Pitching my first game in a few months [last Sunday], I reacted really well and was able to go out and shoot three innings tonight. Hopefully I can keep up the good work and be back in the big leagues soon.”

According to MLB.com, deGrom’s fastball hit a top speed of 101 mph on Friday night.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner last played in the major leagues on July 7, 2021. The Mets expect him to need several minor league rehab trips before he’s ready to return to their rotation.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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