PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was held out of drills and a scheduled bullpen session Monday because of a sore left groin.
''It's just precautionary,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''The other day he was running, kind pushed off and the turf gave way. He felt a little twinge. I said, `Lets not get cute here.' We'll give him a couple days.''
DeGrom said he started to feel sore Sunday but went through all the drills and felt fine. He thrww on flat ground Monday and said he felt fine.
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''I felt like I could have went today, but I think it was just being careful,'' deGrom said. ''I didn't want to go out there and aggravate it more.''
DeGrom was NL Rookie of the Year in 2014 and 14-8 with 2.54 ERA in last year.
''His bullpen the other day was lights out – lights out – so, obviously, his arm is fine,'' Collins said, ''Let's just take this slow.''