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Sunday, August 17, 2014
deGrom progressing toward L.A. return

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- A day after Jacob deGrom tossed on flat ground for the first time since being placed on the disabled list, the rookie threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning and pronounced his shoulder fine.

DeGrom threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, during the brief session.

He should have a more formal bullpen session midweek, in advance of potentially coming off the DL to start Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

"We were just seeing how it felt," deGrom said about Sunday's session. "I threw changeups when I was playing catch, and those felt fine. Either Tuesday or Wednesday I'll throw everything."

deGrom is missing his second straight start on Sunday, after winding up on the DL with rotator-cuff tendinitis. Rafael Montero starts in his place against the Cubs.

deGrom reiterated Sunday that his progress is "very encouraging."

Said deGrom: "Even when I got the MRI, to hear that it was nothing major, that was encouraging. To come out and throw two days now and not feel anything, it felt really good. ... Throwing and running and stuff, I feel rested. I feel like that was probably good for me to get some time off. So I feel really good."