LEADING OFF: DeGrom down for bit, Soto eases back, Ohtani up

The Mets will see how ace Jacob deGrom fares this week after being scratched from his scheduled start at St. Louis when he had trouble getting loose during a pregame stretch. The team said deGrom had inflammation in his right lat and wouldn’t throw for the next few days. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been baseball’s most dominant pitcher this season. Also, Washington star Juan Soto will be limited to pinch-hitting duty for now after coming off the injured list, and Shohei Ohtani is set to pitch again after a two-day delay because he got hit on the right elbow by a fastball last weekend.