Jacob deGrom will get back on a mound Thursday for the second time since being shut down with forearm tightness, but his schedule beyond that remains hazy.
The Mets ace is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session. Rojas said deGrom is “feeling better and better each day,” but the club is still approaching his comeback cautiously.
“We’re keeping it close-range,” Rojas said. “It’s encouraging to listen to him say he feels better and better each day.
“Is it night and day? I don’t think it’s fully night and day, but I think he’s progressing. …Right now we [can’t] plan out past tomorrow because we gotta see how he feels even tomorrow before the side and then tomorrow after the side.”
Dominic Smith, who was double-switched out of Tuesday’s game in the fourth inning as Jerad Eickhoff imploded, was out of Wednesday’s lineup against Braves left-hander Max Fried.
“It’s more so to keep him fresh so he can start maybe for us the next five days,” Rojas said.
A day after Eickhoff gave up 10 runs while recording…