Jacob deGrom’s right hamstring is showing improvement, but the Mets are still taking it slow in declaring the right-hander set for his next scheduled start.
A day after the Mets ace departed after just two innings because of a spasm in the hamstring, manager Luis Rojas was encouraged with the signs.
“The response was actually positive, so it’s a progression from [Wednesday] to how he feels,” Rojas said before the Mets beat the Phillies, 10-6, at Citizens Bank Park. “He was able to go out and play catch, so it’s a good day, positive day. We caught it early, but let’s go day-to-day still.
“The focus was on the hamstring spasm and he wasn’t feeling anything near what he felt [Wednesday] so we are going to go off that.”
DeGrom appeared loose and in good spirits during a pregame conversation with former teammate Zack Wheeler in front of the Mets dugout. DeGrom, who is chasing a third straight National League Cy Young Award, has scheduled starts against the Rays and Nationals next week.
In his abbreviated start, deGrom allowed three earned runs over two innings against the Phillies and saw his ERA jump from 1.69 to 2.09. The Reds’…