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Mets’ Jacob deGrom strikes five in first rehab start

Almost a year later, Jacob deGrom pitched a game on Sunday night.

Better yet, he pitched like Jacob deGrom, officially starting the clock for his long-awaited return to the Mets.

The two-time Cy Young winner recorded his five strikeouts and hit a batter on 24 pitches in 1 ²/₃ innings for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets against Jupiter, hitting 100 mph six times in his first appearance at any level since last July 7 for the Mets.

“It went well. Everything felt really good,” deGrom told reporters after its release. tonight. Good stopover, can’t wait to go back.

“Nobody wants to run out of time. We all want to be out there competing. Nobody wants to get hurt. Even though this is my first rehab start, I had a lot of nerves and was really excited to be back there.

DeGrom, 34, hasn’t pitched this season due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade.

Jacob deGrom pitches on Sunday in his first start to rehab.
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Mets’ Jacob deGrom strikes five in first rehab start
Jacob deGrom pitches on Sunday in his first start to rehab.
Courtesy of the New York Mets

“Cheers,” manager Buck Showalter said when asked after the Mets’ 4-1 win over Rangers what he hoped deGrom would take away from the outing. “We will probably be able to answer this question [Monday]but it’s a big step for Jake.

“It’s been a long road, obviously for him, but for all the people who have worked with him every step of the way to get here. When we found out what we were dealing with, everyone sort of rolled up their sleeves and started working. … It is remarkable that Jake has met all the criteria so far, and I hope that continues [Sunday] night.”

The Post reported that the Mets expect deGrom to need two or three more minor league appearances before joining their rotation.

Showalter joked that watching deGrom’s exit would depend on the WiFi situation on the team’s flight to Cincinnati. Mets teammate Francisco Lindor added that he didn’t know deGrom was already scheduled to play in the minors.

“I didn’t even know that, but it’s exciting,” Lindor told the Post. “I knew he was up against hitters, but pitching in a game is huge. It’s awesome. I hope he goes there and feels good.

Pete Alonso struck out on the Mets’ fourth three-run three-run, but made it to second base on a wild throw and a throwing error from Texas catcher Jonah Heim.

Mets’ Jacob deGrom strikes five in first rehab start
Pete Alonso reaches second base after an abandoned third hit.
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“Wonder how many first basemen as big and strong as Pete would have been at second base on a wild field,” Showalter said. “Putting pressure on them, staying in the lane, running is something we talk about. … Don’t flinch and go to second base and set up this inning.

Outfielder Travis Jankowski (fractured hand) said he was leaving Sunday night to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday for Triple-A Syracuse at Buffalo.

Asked about the possibility of snagging prospect Francisco Alvarez’s promotion to Triple-A Syracuse, Showalter said, “I leave that in [director of player development] Kevin Howard and [GM] Billy’s [Eppler] hands, and the coaches and managers there. I obviously watch it because they wear our uniform and are part of it. But if and when I talk to someone about a player, I ask them how they are doing defensively, what kind of teammate they are and what their impact is on the team. The statistical stuff takes care of itself, it’s easy. It’s the other things that really make the difference.

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