Jacob deGrom expected to start on Sunday

The pitching standout will rejoin the Mets and start on Sunday against the Braves.

The new season has brought a few tribulations for Jacob deGrom, but the young right hander is back in business.

The Mets have deGrom set to start Sunday in Atlanta against the Braves after he threw a 71-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. This was his third workout in Port St. Lucie where he traveled two hours back and forth each day dedicated to get back on the mound.

The lat injury deGrom has been battling seems to be fully healed, and though Logan Verrett has been 2-0 in the spot starts from deGrom, the Mets want to get their starter back into the swing of things as soon as possible.

By penciling deGrom in for Sunday, every starter will now get an extra day of rest due to the fact that his normal spot in the rotation would be on Monday. This is a smart move by head coach Terry Collins as deGrom can ease his way back into his role against a Braves team that is struggling at 4-9. Monday will then see Noah Syndergaard face the much better Cincinnati Reds.

With the lat healed and his baby boy finally home after a stint in the hospital, deGrom can focus on his day job and see the mound for the first time in 15 days on Sunday. 

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