MIAMI — Jacob deGrom threw early Thursday afternoon and shagged flies during batting practice. After leaving the field at loanDepot park, the Mets ace spoke to reporters for 19 seconds without taking questions.
The comments were deGrom’s first since team president Sandy Alderson two days earlier said the Mets ace had healed from a “sprain” or low-grade tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.
“I know what was said and my ligament is perfectly fine,” deGrom said. “I have been throwing and I wouldn’t be if I had a compromised ligament. That’s the plan to continue to throw and build up and see where we end up.”
That message delivered, deGrom disappeared into the first base dugout.
DeGrom has been long-tossing for the last two weeks, and could progress to a mound early-to-mid next week, according to pitching coach Jeremy Hefner.
Alderson has indicated the plan is to build up deGrom to about 75 percent in an attempt to discover if he can pitch without discomfort. DeGrom last pitched July 7.