April 20 (UPI) -- New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom took part in playing catch in the outfield Saturday in St.Louis, telling reporters that his arm feels fine.
The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner was placed on the injured list Friday after experiencing elbow soreness.
"After getting some treatment [Friday] and getting things moving around, I started feeling a little better," deGrom said.
"So I decided to throw today and actually felt good with how it went. Today, felt completely normal playing catch. I think after this stint, I'll be ready to go."
DeGrom threw up to 120 feet during his throwing session. The Mets pitcher will still be examined by team doctors Monday in New York.
The 30-year-old Mets ace said that he had been battling a case of strep throat, which caused his entire body to be sore.
"It was just a little sore," deGrom said.
"I had been sick since Atlanta; kind of had a whole body soreness. For me when I don't throw, it seems that things pop up. I wasn't on a normal routine. I was trying to just get enough in to be able to make my starts and I just felt a little soreness in my elbow. I decided to say something."
This season, deGrom has started four games, going 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA. He has struck out a National League-high 36 batters in 22 innings.