January 21, 2021

Mets’ Steven Matz uncertainty casts shadow over Jacob deGrom return (New York Post)


Their ace is returning, but another member of the Mets rotation remained in limbo Monday.

Jacob deGrom threw a bullpen session at Marlins Park, after which manager Luis Rojas declared the right-handed fit to start Wednesday’s game against Miami. The prognosis wasn’t as clear for Steven Matz, who still could be skipped in the rotation due to his recent struggles.

DeGrom, the two-time defending National League Cy Young Award winner, had battled neck stiffness in recent days that scratched him from his Friday start in Philadelphia.

“After seeing his side session, he just needs to show up,” Rojas said before the Mets opened a four-game series against the Marlins. “He looked really good.”

The Mets needed that good news following a week in which right-hander Michael Wacha was placed on the injured list with shoulder inflammation and Marcus Stroman opted out of the season. Another starter, David Peterson, encountered left shoulder fatigue after throwing only 74 pitches in his last outing, but Rojas confirmed the rookie left-hander will start Tuesday as scheduled.

As for Matz, the Mets are still trying to figure out whether he might be best served by a stint in the…

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