All-world pitcher Jacob deGrom has been M.I.A. from the New York Mets‘ rotation since spring training after suffering a stress fracture in his right scapula. Now he faces another minor setback in working his way back to the club.

The two-time Cy Young winner will have his simulation game pushed back to Thursday after experiencing some “mild muscle soreness around his shoulder Sunday,” the Mets announced Tuesday.

If deGrom did go through with his rehab assignment on Tuesday, it could’ve potentially been his last rehab start before returning to the Big Apple.

deGrom played catch Monday and Tuesday, but the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.” The plan was for him to get him rolling following the All-Star break, but we may not see him in action until August.

He has made three rehab starts in recent weeks, throwing 42 pitches and hitting triple digits with Triple-A Syracuse last Thursday. Mets fans will have to hold their breath and wait until Thursday to see how things turn out.

[NY Post]

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