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Injuries & Moves: Walker to throw 'pen on Sunday

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Keep track of the Mets’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

RHP Taijuan Walker (right shoulder irritation)
Expected return: Week of April 25
After their game on April 16, the Mets announced that Walker will throw a bullpen session on April 17. If all goes well, Walker will then make a rehab start during the middle of the week. Walker exited his season debut against the Phillies on April 11 due to right shoulder irritation, after departing his final spring start because of right knee soreness. An MRI revealed that Walker is suffering from bursitis, or joint inflammation. The team gave him an anti-inflammatory injection and placed him on the 10-day IL, with plans to have him skip at least a couple of rotation turns. — Bill Ladson (Last updated: April 16)

RHP Jacob deGrom (stress reaction in right scapula)
Expected return: Late May or early June
The Mets scratched deGrom from his final spring start after he reported soreness in the back of his shoulder during a routine throwing session. A subsequent MRI revealed the stress reaction, which caused inflammation in the area and prompted the Mets to shut him down completely from throwing. deGrom intends to have a follow-up MRI on April 22 and if that comes back clean, a subsequent ramp-up will take about a month. That makes late May a best-case scenario for the two-time Cy Young Award winner to return. — Anthony DiComo (Last updated: April 15)

RHP Jake Reed (strained left oblique)
Expected return: April
Reed, who was competing for a role in the Mets’ Opening Day bullpen, cut short a throwing session on March 15 due to midsection discomfort that turned out to be an oblique strain. He wasn’t scheduled to throw off a mound until the first week of April, which forced the club to put him on the IL to start the season. Reed will try to position himself for an early-season callup if New York has a bullpen need. — Anthony DiComo (Last updated: April 7)

LHP Joey Lucchesi (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
August or September
An MRI taken on Lucchesi’s left elbow last June revealed a significant UCL tear, which required Tommy John surgery. The recovery typically takes between 12 and 18 months, putting Lucchesi on the borderline for a 2022 return. Mets officials have told him that if he recovers as scheduled, he should be able to help at least in a relief role before season’s end. — Anthony DiComo (Last updated: April 7)

RHP John Curtiss (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2023
The Mets signed Curtiss on April 6 understanding that he will miss the entire 2022 season rehabbing from Tommy John. They hold an option on his contract for 2023, so if they’re pleased with what they see, they will exercise that and make him a part of their bullpen next season. Curtiss underwent surgery last September while he was in the Brewers’ organization. — Anthony DiComo (Last updated: April 7)

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