S T. LOUIS – Instead of being on a magnetic resonance tube on Saturday, as the Mets had initially planned, Jacob DeGrom was in the Busch Stadium gardens from 120 feet away.
Two days after throwing and experiencing pain in the elbow, which brought him to the disabled list on Friday, DeGrom pitched again and "it felt good with how it went," he said.
"After receiving some treatment [Friday] and making things move, I started to feel a little better, "said DeGrom." So I decided to launch today and I really felt good about how it went.
"Today he felt completely normal playing catch, I think after this season, I'll be ready to go."
Manager Mickey Callaway said deGrom will not even get the MRI exam on Monday, but will still be examined by the team's medical staff in New York.
"I've had Tommy John before and I've done those tests, and everything feels good with that," DeGrom said. "I'm not really worried about where you are, it's more important to be smart and not try to go out and do it too early and risk a more serious injury."
After fighting a case of strep throat, DeGrom said he had pain all over his body and left his routine, not throwing as much as he would like since his last opening on Sunday.