Mets RHP Jacob deGrom threw 30 pitches during two innings of a simulated game on Tuesday morning in Port St. Lucie, while pitching to Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, and Tim Tebow, according to the team's beat reporters. DeGrom said afterwards that he was "very encouraged." "Definitely good to have hitters in there, and throw with them in there and not feel anything," deGrom said. "The goal is to feel good and that's what happened today." If deGrom, who had been dealing with a lower back issue, remains on an every-fifth-day schedule, his first official Grapefruit League start could be this Saturday, March 11. With deGrom on an every-fifth-day schedule, making his first official start on March 11 (and making three more starts after that) would put him on track to start the second game of the season on Saturday, March 31 against the Cardinals at Citi Field. If he makes his first official start sooner, he could be on track to start on Opening Day. DeGrom said Tuesday that it would be an honor to start on Opening Day, but that he's looking at the big picture.