JUPITER, Fla. — Now the Mets’ rotation depth will get tested.
Tylor Megill, David Peterson and Trevor Williams entered spring training as the most likely candidates to claim a rotation job should a starter become injured, and all remain on that short list.
Jacob deGrom’s stress reaction on his right scapula that will land him on the injured list to begin the season has opened a spot in the Mets’ rotation. On Friday, manager Buck Showalter declined to reveal deGrom’s replacement.
Megill, who helped keep the Mets’ rotation afloat for much of last season after injuries hit the rotation, has pitched 6 ²/₃ innings in the Grapefruit League without allowing an earned run.
Peterson, the lone lefty of the group, has struggled in two Grapefruit League appearances, pitching to an 8.10 ERA.
Williams, a swingman, has pitched two innings in the Grapefruit League without allowing a run.
“We’ll get our arms around it now that we know what we’re dealing with,” Showalter said. “But we have put ourselves in a position with all those guys to go in some different directions.”
Saturday will be a complete day off for the Mets, with the exception of Max Scherzer and multiple other pitchers who need to get innings in a minor league game. James McCann and Tomas Nido also will be needed to catch the pitchers.
After watching JD Davis commit two throwing errors in a game last week, Showalter has liked what he has seen from the third baseman, who also figures to receive at-bats at DH.
“He’s come on at third base a little bit the last few games,” Showalter said. “I finally have gotten to see the plus, plus arm strength everybody had told me about.”
Showalter said he told Davis he could be used in relief if the Mets need a pitcher in a blowout game.
“He’s excited about it,” Showalter said. “Not that he would be the guy.”
The Mets and Cardinals sat through an hour rain delay in the second inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium before resuming play. Showalter sent most of his regular players home during the rain delay, leaving the Mets to play with a cast of minor leaguers in a 7-2 loss.
Lefty reliever Alex Claudio, who is attempting to secure a spot in the bullpen, was hit in the leg by a batted ball, but was uninjured, according to Showalter.