After being out for almost a month due to an injury, three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer will return to the field on Tuesday to face the Cincinnati Reds.
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The Mets manager, Buck Showalter, announced on Friday that Scherzer was ready to rejoin the team. “If you look at the timeframe of this injury over the course of a lot of history, you look at other people with this injury and what’s the usual timeline, he’s met all the criteria,” Showalter said.
Scherzer strained his left oblique muscle in a match against St. Louis on May 18. Scherzer was placed on the disabled list one day after the game, and his oblique strain was classified as “moderate to high grade.”
Oblique muscle strain is usually caused by too much use of the oblique muscle. It can happen when a torso is twisted or rotated in an improper way too. In Scherzer’s case, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com said that the injury took six-to-eight weeks to recover.
Additional news also came from the Mets’ official on June 4, who told the New York Post’s Mike Puma that Scherzer’s dog bit his throwing hand. Fortunately, Scherzer didn’t have to spend more time on the injured list due to the accident.
After several weeks of recovery, Scherzer finally announced his return for Tuesday’s match. However, before his scheduled comeback, Scherzer had to undergo several league rehab assignments. Recently, the right-hander struck out 14 batters in six innings spread across two starts.
He also played for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies while throwing 80 pitches against the Hartford Yard Goats. During this match, Scherzer allowed three runs and four hits in four and a half innings with eight strikeouts and a walk.
Last month, Scherzer also played for Binghamton against Reading, where he threw 65 pitches while allowing two runs and three hits in three and a half innings with six strikeouts and a walk.
Scherzer, who signed a $130 million contract, showed optimism about the upcoming match. “I have a much better grasp on what this is,” Scherzer said. “I definitely crossed that six week timeline so you feel a lot more confident. You feel it’s starting to get in my rearview mirror.”
Before Scherzer joined the Mets, he played for several teams, such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2019, he also won the 2019 World Series when he was playing with Washington.
In 2021, Scherzer joined the Mets and contributed 59 strikeouts as well as owned a 2.54 ERA in eight starts and 49 2/3 innings during his first season with the team.
Moreover, Scherzer also added the eight-time All-Star title to his resume. With such an impressive record, Scherzer’s return will help the Mets’ rotation due to the absence of Jacob deGrom from a stress reaction in the right scapula and Chris Bassitt, who was put on the injury list on Friday.
Coming up against the Reds, the Mets are currently in first place in the NL East standings with 48 wins and 29 losses. The team entered a weekend interleague home series against the Rangers and recorded a 47-29 record.
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