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Jacob deGrom threw three scoreless innings with four strikeouts while allowing two hits in his first Cactus League action.
In the most highly-anticipated debut of Spring Training, the 34-year-old touched 100 mph twice while his fastball sat in the 97 to 99 mph range. deGrom remains the ultimate wild card in fantasy drafts as he can be the best pitcher on the planet, but he comes with so much injury history, including the troublesome side this spring. deGrom is the face of "high-risk, high-reward" in drafts.
Texas Rangers skipper Bruce Bochy said star pitcher Jacob deGrom will make his Cactus League debut Sunday versus the Seattle Mariners.
deGrom has gotten in work in a minors game this spring but has yet to participate in Cactus League action as he works his way back from side discomfort. Bobchy hopes to get the right-hander three spring starts with the aim to take the ball for the club on Opening Day. Arm issues have limited deGrom to just 26 MLB starts over the last two seasons while he's coming off a 3.08 ERA/2.13 FIP and monstrous 39.3% K-BB% across 11 starts with the Mets in 2022.
Jacob deGrom is scheduled to throw on Sunday and potentially make his first start of the spring on Monday.
Manager Bruce Bochy said that deGrom is "in a good place right now," and that if "all goes well with him, he'll have three outings here before he starts the season." deGrom got off to a slow start to spring with some side discomfort, but he seems to be progressing well and is currently on track to be ready to roll for the start of the season.
Texas Rangers pitcher Jacob deGrom threw 35 pitches to hitters in a live batting practice session Wednesday.
deGrom reportedly sat at 98-99 mph in the outing and came out of it issue-free. Despite his first live BP session of the spring coming on March 8, deGrom is expected to be ready for Opening Day. The superstar has been limited to just 26 starts over the last two seasons due to arm issues, including 11 starts of 3.08 ball with an eye-popping 42.7% K% across just 64 1/3 innings of work. When healthy, deGrom is the best pitcher in fantasy baseball but injuries continue to be a significant red flag.
Texas Rangers pitcher Jacob deGrom is set to throw a live batting practice session to hitters on Wednesday.
If all goes well for deGrom in the outing he could pitch in a game early next week. The oft-injured superstar is still scheduled to be ready for the start of the season according to Rangers general manager Chris Young. deGrom has made just 26 starts over the last two seasons and is coming off a 3.08 ERA and monstrous 42.7% K% across 11 starts from a season ago. When healthy, deGrom is arguably the best pitcher on the planet but his significant injury risk is a major red flag to prospective fantasy owners.
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