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Saturday, August 16, 2014
deGrom gives thumbs up after throwing

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom took a step toward reentering the rotation Saturday afternoon when he tossed a baseball for the first time since landing on the disabled list with rotator-cuff tendinitis after an Aug. 7 start.

"It felt good," deGrom said. "I threw up to 90 feet, and no problems with it. So that's good news. No pain. It's as good as I could have hoped for."

Terry Collins expects deGrom will step on a mound Sunday for a bullpen session, provided the rookie arrives at the ballpark still feeling healthy.

"That's my understanding," deGrom said. "So we'll just see how it feels when I come in tomorrow and then go from there."

The ideal scenario is for deGrom to return to the rotation next Saturday at Dodger Stadium, on the day he is eligible to be activated from the DL.

Rafael Montero makes a second start in place of deGrom on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field.

Asked if he felt relieved that there was no apparent issue with Saturday's throwing session, deGrom said: "I was relieved whenever I got the MRI and the results came back. And then to go out today and not feel anything was a good feeling."

The positive byproduct of deGrom missing two starts is that he now should be able to complete the season without getting shut down because of an innings cap. Sandy Alderson has suggested 185 innings is a soft cap for deGrom. Between the majors and minors, deGrom already has logged 138 2/3 innings.

So deGrom has roughly 46 innings remaining for what would be seven starts.

"That's a plus," deGrom said. "I think as some point I was going to get shut down anyway with an innings limit. I guess it came at a good time -- get back feeling 100 percent and then hopefully finish the season strong."