Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele remains out with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss Tuesday night’s game at Nashville.
But at a point in spring training when starting pitchers are going four innings — lefty starter Jason Vargas relieved and worked four — Callaway wouldn’t speculate on the opening day fate of deGrom.
We’re just taking it day-by-day and going from there, Callaway said.
The 29-year-old deGrom isn’t worried about when he makes his first start in the regular season.
I haven’t even thought about it, really. The goal is to get in a game here first and go from there. That’ll be a discussion between Mickey, Dave and probably myself, said deGrom, who added he was in line for his next start in five days.
We don’t want to do anything dumb and push it. Today was a big step and everything went fine, he said.
Biagini lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing all five runs scored by Pittsburgh in the Pirates’ 5-0 win over Toronto on Sunday. The right-hander walked two, struck out two, and gave up four hits, including consecutive homers to Adam Frazier and Gregory Polanco that ended his day.
He had trouble locating the ball, Gibbons said. He’s being throwing pretty good this spring. It was just one of those days, spiking a lot of balls. I don’t want to overanalyze it. He was off today.
Biagini was touched for four earned runs over 8 1/3 innings in three previous starts,
His starting work during the exhibition season has taken on added significance with Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys Toronto ace Marcus Stroman slowed by inflammation in his right shoulder.
The Blue Jays haven’t ruled out Stroman being back to pitch during the Cheap Baseball Jerseys first time through the regular-season rotation.
You always want to do well, you always want to look good, you always want to feel good, Biagini said. I actually felt pretty decent.