The New York Mets have a lot of injured pitchers on the mend, but it looks as if two are very close to returning. Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jacob deGrom are both set to take the next steps in their rehab today, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Matsuzaka is set to start the first game of a double header for Double A Binghamton today, while deGrom will throw at Citi Field this afternoon.
Matsuzaka has been sidelined since July 24th with an elbow injury, and he made his first rehab start on Monday. The Mets are likely to activate Dice-K within a few days of this rehab start, but they are not sure where they are going to use him yet. A large part of that reason depends on how deGrom's throwing session goes today.
deGrom was placed on the disabled list on Monday with inflammation in his right rotator cuff, and the expectation was that he would only miss two starts. If deGrom's session goes well today, the Mets are expected to have him skip a rehab start and return against the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend.
If deGrom is deemed not ready to return yet, that is where the Mets will have a choice to make. Rafael Montero struggled in his first start back on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals. Montero is slated to start again tomorrow against the Chicago Cubs, and if he struggles again he could be shipped back to Las Vegas. In that scenario, the Mets could use Dice-K as a starter until deGrom is ready to return from the disabled list.
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