NEW YORK — All evidence suggests that Jacob deGrom is close to stepping atop a mound for the first time since March, which will represent his most significant test since being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right scapula at the end of Spring Training. If things continue to progress well, a reasonable timeline would have deGrom returning to the Mets by late June or early July.
deGrom, however, insists that he’s unaware of his timeline, and Mets officials — while offering relative transparency with other injured players — tend to talk around the two-time Cy Young Award winner’s status. All that’s clear is that deGrom is getting close, and that when he ultimately does return to the Mets — whether in June, in July or beyond — he won’t do so with any apprehension of reinjuring his shoulder.
“You can’t go out there in fear,” deGrom said Saturday in his first public comments since early April. “Do your best to prepare and go out there and play the game. I don’t think many guys go out there and are scared of getting hurt. You go out there and compete, and you leave it all out there. I’ve come back from Tommy John in the Minor Leagues, and I think that was probably the biggest hurdle.”
This weekend, deGrom long tossed at distances up to 135 feet. The next logical step would be to throw a bullpen session, as…