The latest update on Max Scherzer is that there is no update.
Before Tuesday’s game, Mets manager Buck Showalter told reporters the team would make a decision on Scherzer on Wednesday. The options are either Scherzer kicks off Friday’s game in Miami, pushes his start to a few days after that, or skips his turn in the rotation altogether.
Scherzer left his last start, which came Saturday against the Nationals, with fatigue in his left oblique. In May, Scherzer hit the injured list with a strain in that same oblique, which caused him to miss a month and a half of a game. After Saturday’s game — in which he retired after just five innings and 67 pitches — Scherzer made it clear that this was not a repeat of the same injury.
“I have no stumps” he told SNY in a postgame interview. “The left side was just getting tired much faster than usual.”
He also said he could have pitched the sixth inning of that game if necessary, but the risk of aggravating the injury led to his early departure.
“It was a precautionary measure given the history of the oblique here,” Scherzer added.
Since returning from that oblique injury on July 5, Scherzer has been outstanding. He threw a 2.08 ERA in 12 starts, striking out 94 and walking 12. That span includes seven shutout innings against the Yankees and Braves, as well as a seven-inning, one-run performance against the Phillies. Scherzer has recorded double-digit batting totals in four of his 12 starts since returning from injury.
Last season, while pitching for the Dodgers, Scherzer blamed the pitch limit the Dodgers imposed on him as the main reason for his “dead arm” in the 2021 National League Championship Series. because of that, don’t expect the Mets to treat Scherzer with kid gloves.
When the right-handed veteran is ready to pitch, he will pitch. We don’t yet know exactly when that will be.