Lhe New York Mets will have to get by for several weeks without another of their star pitchers, as Mark Scherzer will be out of action for 6-8 weeks with a strained left oblique muscle. In this way, New Yorkers remain without two of their best pitchers because Jacob deGrom is also absent.
Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, he underwent an MRI on Thursday, a day after he asked to be pulled in the middle of a start against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was pitching on a 1-1 count against Albert Pujols in the sixth inning, and said he felt a “pull” on his left side.
The Mets reported that the MRI detected a strain that ranged in severity from moderate to severe. Oblique injury often causes rib pain.
Despite injuries, the Mets lead the NL East by seven games, their biggest margin of the season.
“This is a great opportunity for the guys we were thinking of bringing here,” manager Buck Showalter said after a comeback 7-6 win over St. Louis. “We’ve got some guys that are going to meet us in Denver and try to respond. We have some dire predictions about when we’ll start to get some of these people back.”
The 37-year-old right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts. after signing a contract of 130 million dollars and three years with New York. An eight-time All-Star, Scherzer had 59 strikeouts and 11 walks in 49 2/3 innings.
The Mets woke up with a six-game lead in the NL East. “He had been thrown with a blister, with the ball — the seams were different,” Showalter said. “It was one of the reasons he had trouble shooting.control of it, because I didn’t want it (the blister) to break again”.
Through 15 seasons in the majors, Scherzer is 195-98 with a 3.15 ERA. He won the American League Cy Young in 2013 with 2013, and another two from the National in 2016 and 2017 with Washington.
DeGrom hasn’t pitched since spring training due to a stress reaction to his right shoulder blade.and it will not be until the end of June or July when he will be able to return. Tylor Megill, another member of the rotation, went on the disabled list Sunday with a swollen right bicep.
David Peterson will likely be called up from Triple-A to join a rotation that includes Chris Bassitt (4-2, 2.34), Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.73) and Taijuan Walker (1-0, 3.52).