Dinelson Lamet hopped off the mound after throwing 15 pitches Tuesday morning, a good sign that he felt good at the conclusion of his first live batting practice of the spring.
“I think the most important thing is I felt healthy and didn’t have any sort of issues coming back,” he said a short while later.
It was a big step. Lamet finished fourth in National League Cy Young voting last year but was pulled from his final regular season start due to elbow discomfort and did not pitch in the postseason. He underwent platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and rested for a time in the offseason.
“Facing hitters made me feel more confident after not having faced them for five months and not having as much activity,” Lamet said. “… It was good. For me, a lot of it was I didn’t necessarily want to come back out and be the exact same person or pick up where I was (last year). I knew that wasn’t going to happen. At the same time, I know I’m good. It’s been going good. But I (showed) that I could do it and nothing jumped out at me.”
How his right arm feels Wednesday will be crucial. How he fares in the coming weeks even more so.
“It’s going to be an ongoing discussion with our medical team,” Lamet said when asked how likely it is he is ready at the start…