Texas Rangers right-hander Jacob deGrom continued his recovery from elbow inflammation with a successful 32-shot bullpen session on Monday
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Throw in front of Rangers opened a three-game series against host Pittsburgh Pirates, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner threw all the fastballs
“It went really, really well,” Texas manager Bruce Bochy said. “He said he felt fine and didn’t feel anything at all there.”
deGrom, 34, will add breaking balls when he pitches his next bullpen, possibly on Friday, before the Rangers play the Orioles in Baltimore
Bochy said there is no timetable for deGrom’s return, and the right-hander could join the active roster without a rehab stint in the minor leagues.
deGrom has been on the 15-day injured list since April 29, a day after his early discharge for the second time in three starts.
In six starts this season, deGrom is 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA and has 45 strikeouts and just four walks in 30 1/3 innings.
deGrom, who signed a five-year, $185 million contract with Texas last offseason, has made just 38 starts and pitched 224 1/3 innings overall over the past three seasons with the New York food. He won the Cy Young Award in 2018 and 2019, recording 217 and 204 innings respectively during those seasons.
In parts of nine seasons with the Mets, deGrom went 82-57 with a 2.52 ERA in 209 starts.