New York Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - MARCH 27: Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the sixth inning of the Spring Training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park on March 27, 2022 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

While it wasn’t a great afternoon for the New York Mets on the field, who were swept by the Houston Astros 2-0 in a game where Justin Verlander stymied the Mets on just two hits over eight innings, the Amazin’s got some encouraging news regarding their two aces.

Jacob deGrom threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and according to manager Buck Schowalter, the two-time Cy Young Award winner could begin rehab outings soon if he feels well by “tomorrow,” as the Mets hope to get deGrom back on a normal schedule.

Meanwhile, Max Scherzer made his second rehab start for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and was in tip-top form, tossing 4.2 innings on 80 pitches. When asked by reporters if he felt he needed more rehab time, Scherzer emphatically said, “no.”

That is huge news for the Mets who see the Atlanta Braves creeping up in their rear-view mirror. As the Mets have been mired in recent struggles of late, the Braves have trimmed the Mets’ lead in the NL East down to three games. Atlanta had trailed by 10 games at one point in May.

If the Mets can get both starters back in the month of July — perhaps late July for deGrom — they have a chance to get this ship back on track.

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