Mets ace jacob degrom wowed his teammates during his first live batting practice session of spring training.
Facing hitters including Francisco Lindor, Peter Alonsoand Jeff McNeildeGrom struck out Lindor early in their session, with Lindor exclaiming, “Damn, Jacob!”
After fouling a pitch, McNeil happily yelled, “I touched it!”
Check out deGrom’s session video below…
Prior to Thursday’s live BP, deGrom had only thrown bullpen sessions since arriving at camp.
Max Scherzerwho will pitch Game 2 of the regular season after deGrom gets the ball on Opening Day on April 7, pitched 4.0 innings in a simulated game Wednesday.
The last time deGrom pitched in a game was July 7, 2021, before an elbow problem caused him to land on the disabled list and miss the rest of the season.
DeGrom was working to return before the end of last season and was expected back in late September. However, when the Mets were eliminated from the postseason, deGrom was shut down.
Speaking shortly after arriving at camp, deGrom said he was confident he could pitch a full season in 2022.
“The way I feel right now, I’m very confident,” deGrom said. “I think after the swelling and stuff and [how] my arm came off last year, they looked at it again and told me UCL looked completely fine, that was a bit of a reassurance. … I felt great the whole offseason and I think I threw five or six bullpens before I came here, and they all felt great.”