Notes: deGrom plays catch, feels ‘fine’

NEW YORK — As a small group huddled around Jacob deGrom on Saturday afternoon, Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner emerged from the clubhouse to state the obvious.

“He’s throwing,” Hefner said. “That’s a good sign.”

It was indeed a positive development for deGrom, who exited Friday’s win over the Padres after only 80 pitches due to a flare-up of right flexor tendinitis. Afterward, deGrom insisted that the issue wasn’t serious; to prove it, he played a light game of catch the following afternoon to test his arm.

“He came in today and he said that he was fine,” manager Luis Rojas said.

To be cautious, the Mets ordered an MRI on deGrom’s right arm, which came back “clean” and confirmed the diagnosis of tendinitis, per Rojas.

“It’s something that we want to take day by day,” Rojas said. “We’ll see the progression between starts and see that he can do everything, throw his side, and make his next start. That’s the expectation right now, but we still want to pay close attention to it.”

deGrom’s next outing is scheduled for Wednesday against the Cubs at Citi Field. Both he and Rojas have been consistent in saying they expect him to start that game.

Assuming he does, deGrom will carry a league-leading 0.56 ERA into the matchup — the lowest by a pitcher through his first 10 starts in Major League history.

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