Jacob deGrom of Mets Dominates in Rehab Start

Jacob deGrom’s first rehab start went well, and Max Scherzer is slated to return to the starting rotation on Tuesday. Will that be enough to offset an offensive downturn?

The struggling Mets got yet another dose of optimism on Sunday when Jacob deGrom, the team’s co-ace who has been sidelined all season, struck out five of the six batters he faced in a rehab start for Class A St. Lucie.

Eighteen of deGrom’s 24 pitches went for strikes, with his fastball topping 100 miles an hour. He hit the only batter he didn’t strike out.

Combine that progress with Max Scherzer’s expected return from the injured list this week and the Mets’

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