New Met Jerad Eickhoff off to rocky begin for rotation spot

JUPITER, Fla. — Jerad Eickhoff gained’t low cost the thought his previous success pitching in opposition to the Mets led to his minor league take care of the group this offseason.

In 10 profession appearances in opposition to the Mets — all with the Phillies — the right-hander has pitched to a 2.41 ERA.

“I imagine it in all probability had one thing to do with it,” Eickhoff stated Wednesday after permitting 4 earned runs over two innings within the Mets’ 14-9 exhibition loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

“I do know Sandy [Alderson, team president] had seen me earlier than with the Phillies. I don’t comprehend it was formally placed on the desk per se, however I really imagine [success against the Mets] had one thing to do with it. But it surely’s a very good time to be a Met and be part of this so I’m excited.”

Eickhoff, 31, has battled shoulder issues in latest seasons and was examined extensively for thoracic outlet syndrome, however no conclusion was reached concerning the supply of the tingling sensation in his fingers. He now receives therapeutic neck massages and stated he’s feeling his greatest since 2017. He didn’t pitch final season.

Jerad Eickhoff
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“[The Mets] made it sound like pitching depth or beginning depth particularly was an actual excessive want, so it actually match the profile for me and that was all I wanted to be on board,” Eickhoff stated.

Jacob deGrom’s first exhibition begin is scheduled for Saturday evening in opposition to the Astros in West Palm Seaside. The Mets’ ace pitched reside batting follow Monday slightly than touring to face the Marlins. The calendar will enable deGrom to start out 5 Grapefruit League video games earlier than the Mets’ opener in Washington on April 1.

Luis Rojas closed his postgame press convention by providing greatest needs to his Yankees counterpart, Aaron Boone, who took a medical depart of absence to obtain a pacemaker.

“[Boone] was very welcoming to me once I got here into my place,” Rojas stated. “A fellow supervisor from the identical metropolis and I’ve a lot respect for him. I’ll discover out extra particulars, however my prayers and ideas are with him and his household proper now.”

Dominic Smith will seemingly function the DH on Thursday in his first motion this spring. Rojas stated Smith was not on time as a result of he was late in starting exercises final week, after his absence from camp for an undisclosed purpose. Rojas plans to steadily work Smith into left discipline to make sure he’s prepared bodily.

Dick Scott, who served as Mets bench coach in 2016-17 after a stint because the farm director, has returned to the group as coordinator, teaching growth and instruction. Scott, who spent the final three seasons in participant growth with the Marlins, has roots with Alderson relationship to the 1990s with the Athletics.