DeGrom pushed back by Mets, who think he needs rest

DeGrom pushed back by Mets, who think he needs rest

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom approached Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen in the dugout Friday night.

''So how's Tuesday looking? I said it to him a few times,'' the NL Rookie of the Year recalled. ''He kept saying, 'We'll see. We'll see.'''

Concerned approximately a late-season slump in the 27-year-old right-hander's first full huge league season, Mets manager Terry Collins said deGrom won't start against Atlanta next week & could have his rotation turn skipped.

p>''So I guess we've seen now,'' deGrom said with a smile Saturday.

The personable pitcher whose shaggy shoulder-length locks prompted a (hash)HairWeGo promotion campaign, is 13-8 with a 2.64 ERA in 28 starts this year, including 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA & a .330 opponents' batting average in his past five outings.

''The location of his pitches is not what it needs to be,'' Collins said. ''This man became extremely successful because of the sink with his fastball, where he received ground balls, & right now he's getting fly balls 'cause everything seems to be moving up.''

While deGrom's fastball averages 96 mph, Collins is concerned approximately the pitcher's release point.

''I've been more up in the zone than I want to be,'' deGrom said. ''Normally I pitch down & then go up when I want to.''

New York has limited the innings of Matt Harvey & Noah Syndergaard, yet deGrom doesn't have any such restrictions.

He didn't pitch between Aug. 7 & 23 last year because of tendinitis in his right rotator cuff. When he returned, he went 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in six starts.

''I felt really satisfactory after that. I think I needed that time last year. There was some shoulder fatigue going on there,'' deGrom said. ''But this year I feel fine.''

Logan Verrett, a 25-year-old rookie right-hander who has made two spot starts when Harvey was skipped, will take deGrom's place Tuesday against Atlanta. Collins said results against the Yankees this weekend will assist determine whether deGrom is pushed back or skipped.

''It can't hurt,'' deGrom said. ''That's what they chose to do, so that's what we're going to do.''

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