Even with the clean MRI, the light work he has had to date in Summer Camp could certainly limit how many innings he’d be ready to pitch once the season starts next week. Ramp-up is ramp-up, after all. For what it’s worth, the two-time defending Cy Young Award winner was pushed back two days at the beginning of the 2018 season with back tightness and missed a spring training start in 2016 with a back issue as well. Which, obviously, did not create problems for him that year.
deGrom, 32, went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and a 255/44 K/BB ratio in 204 innings for the Mets in 2019. He actually won fewer games the year before — only 10 — but had an even better year, putting up a best-in-baseball 1.70 ERA along with 269 strikeouts and 46 walks over 217 innings. Those two seasons are the lowest and second-lowest win totals among starters to win the Cy Young Award.
The Mets will are already without Noah Syndergaard this season after he underwent Tommy John surgery in March. Jacob deGrom’s MRI coming back clean, then is pretty dang good news, even if his ramp-up schedule is affected.