In his first start after returning from a brief stint on the disabled list on Saturday against the Dodgers, Mets rookie Jacob deGrom was far from convincing.
The right-hander, who was sidelined because of pain in his throwing shoulder, compiled one of the worst outings of his young Major League career, surrendering five earned runs on five hits over six innings to suffer his sixth loss of the season and first since July 2. His ERA also jumped above 3.00 for the first time since July 22.
In the series opener against the Phillies on Friday at Citi Field, deGrom will have an opportunity to rebound from his performance and quell any doubts about his health moving forward.
"I felt good," deGrom said after his start on Saturday. "It's just a lot of outings come down to a few pitches, and tonight I didn't make those pitches when I needed to."
After throwing just 86 pitches on Saturday following his two-week layoff, deGrom will attempt to reach a higher pitch count on Friday in New York to test the strength and endurance of his shoulder. However, it would be unlikely for manager Terry Collins to let the right-hander roam too far past 100 pitches.
deGrom last faced the Phillies on May 31, when he surrendered three runs in 6 1/3 innings while striking out a career-high 11. On Friday, the rookie will face off against Philadelphia right-hander David Buchanan, who is 6-7 with a 4.21 ERA on the season.
Buchanan has shown promise during his most recent stint in the Majors, compiling a 3.75 ERA over four August starts. He went at least five innings and didn't surrender more than three runs in each outing during that span.
Phillies: Mayberry likely to be activated Monday
John Mayberry Jr. will likely be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, according to manager Ryne Sandberg.
Mayberry worked out with the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. He's been sidelined since July 21 with inflammation in his left wrist and began a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 19. He's scheduled to return to Lehigh Valley for three more days, and then join the Phillies for Monday's series opener in Atlanta.
Mets: Black to DL; Matsuzaka activated
Daisuke Matsuzaka's time in roster purgatory is over. The Mets announced Thursday they placed Vic Black (herniated disk) on the disabled list and activated Matsuzaka, who was sidelined for a month with a sore right elbow but had not returned to action with no apparent roster spot available.
Black's injury changed that. He hadn't pitched since Saturday, when he allowed one run to the Dodgers while recording one out. Black's fastball velocity was down about 2.4 miles per hour from where it typically is, causing the Mets to ask him if he was OK. An MRI revealed the herniated disk.
It's an injury similar to the one that robbed reliever Bobby Parnell of the end of his 2013 season. Parnell had surgery last September, but general manager Sandy Alderson said that option has not been broached with Black, who is expected to pitch next month.
"Unbeknownst to us, [Black's] neck had been bothering him, and he just [thought] it was a stiff neck," manager Terry Collins said. "We do so much traveling and trying to sleep on the planes and different beds every three days, that he just figured that's the case. Then when you figure out it's a lot more serious, you have to be careful of it."
• On Saturday, the first 20,000 fans to arrive at Citi Field will receive a Curtis Granderson bobblehead.
• The Phillies honored the Taney Dragons before Wednesday night's game against the Nationals with a ceremony that included a video tribute. The whole Little League team threw out first pitches to Phillies players. Star pitcher Mo'ne Davis tossed hers to closer Jonathan Papelbon.