Mets Max Scherzer Set to Return Tonight

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New York Mets Max Scherzer is coming off of the injured list. He will start tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. Left-hander Chasen Shreve was designated for assignment. It was a corresponding move to open a roster spot for the three-time Cy Young winner. Due to a strained oblique muscle, Scherzer’s return to the mounds has been six weeks of waiting. The World Series champion pulled himself from his start against the St. Louis Cardinals. Scherzer felt the strain pop midway through his start. The Mets and their fans will surely see “Mad Max” back as the team is slowly getting healthy as the race for the NL East continues to heat up.

Mets Max Scherzer Update

Scherzer made a pair of rehab appearances over the last few weeks. He threw eight innings with a 14-to-2 K/BB ratio in two starts with Double-A Binghamton. Even before the injury, Scherzer was every bit of an ace New York had to get out of him, courtesy of his three-year, $130 million contract. Scherzer has thrown 49 2/3 innings with a comfortable 2.54 ERA in eight starts this season. Even more impressive is that the Mets continue to hang on to first place in the NL East without the contributions of Scherzer and fellow multi-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom.

deGrom has been out all year due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade. He missed the second half of 2021 with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow. In his first rehab start, deGrom struck out five of six batters as he threw 18 of 24 pitches for strikes for Class-A St. Lucie. Now, deGrom is on a rehab assignment, and Scherzer is back on the active roster. Both pitchers will join a rotation featuring Chris Bassitt, Taijuan Walker, and Carlos Carrasco. Tylor Megill, David Peterson, and Trevor Williams have been great depth options in the absence of Scherzer and deGrom.

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Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Chasen Shreve, Chris Bassitt, Taijuan WalkerCarlos Carrasco, David PetersonTrevor Williams