MLB insider gives timeline on Jacob deGrom's return to Rangers in 2024

Texas could be getting their presumed ace back in time for the stretch run.
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It is easy to lose track of all of the injured Texas Rangers this season and how each guy is progressing. There have been just so many players that have gotten hurt and then there has been revised diagnoses and rehab setbacks that have muddied the waters for Texas even more. However, one name that has had little in the way of updates has been Jacob deGrom.

deGrom was supposed to be the star of the Rangers' rotation after they signed him to a very ambitious five-year deal before the 2023 season. Unfortunately, Texas has yet to see a return on their investment as he made just six starts for the Rangers before needing surgery on his elbow.

However, after a lengthy rehab for the 36-year-old hurler, MLB insider Bob Nightengale recently gave a bit more clarity as to when fans can expect deGrom to return, as he reaffirmed that the team is still targeting an August activation date.

Texas Rangers News: Jacob deGrom remains on target for August return from IL

Obviously it would be better if deGrom was ahead of the schedule that was first in place right after his surgery, but the Rangers were probably always going to be cautious. Plus, an August return still being in play does mean that he hasn't had any notable setbacks which is great news.

With deGrom throwing off the mound last Monday for the first time since his surgery, that lines up with the possible start of a rehab stint in July assuming all goes well.

Some promising news on the deGrom front comes at a great time for the Rangers as they have won four straight and seem to be playing a lot better lately on both sides of the ball. It certainly helps as they are slowly getting healthy with Max Scherzer making a successful return to the mound on Sunday with five shutout innings and more help coming.

As long as Texas can keep things reasonably close both in the AL West and the AL wild card race, they could finally hit their stride very soon and make a real run assuming nothing else goes catastrophically wrong (crossing fingers and toes).

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