deGrom remains day to day with sore lat

No MRI planned as of now for ace right-hander

deGrom remains day to day with sore lat

NEW YORK -- The Mets remained unsure of Jacob deGrom's status on Saturday afternoon, a day after they removed him as a precaution due to a sore right lat.

"When you hear the statement 'day to day,' that's exactly where we are with him," manager Terry Collins said.

deGrom never went for an MRI and the team has no plans to send him for one, because members of the Mets' medical staff considered it unnecessary. But if the right-hander's soreness lingers, he could undergo additional testing in the coming days.

deGrom plates Mets' first run

deGrom twice declined interview requests on Saturday regarding the state of his lat, spending much of his pregame time watching game film with fellow starting pitchers. The Mets expect to know significantly more about his status on Sunday, when he is scheduled to throw his routine between-starts bullpen session.

If deGrom, who gave up one run in six innings in his season debut, is unable to make his next rotation turn, right-hander Logan Verrett would be the obvious candidate to replace him.

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