Mets’ Max Scherzer heading for extended absence, sports doctor says

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The New York Mets got off to a hot start despite star pitcher Jacob deGrom being injured, and now they will likely be without Max Scherzer until the All-Star break.

Scherzer abruptly left Wednesday’s game after a pitch, signaling that he was ready.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer hands the ball to manager Buck Showalter during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in New York.

New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer hands the ball to manager Buck Showalter during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in New York.
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The “sing” he felt in his side turned out to be a significant oblique strain. “Moderate to high level,” as reported, means there is a muscle tear.

Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets pitches in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on May 18, 2022 in New York City.

Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets pitches in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on May 18, 2022 in New York City.
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Oblique muscles are part of the trunk and are important for core stabilization and torso rotation, which are essential to a pitcher’s success. The fact that it’s the left side of a right-handed thrower makes it even worse, because the opposite bevel does the spinning work to help generate power.

Scherzer is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks and has yet to be placed on the injured list. Expect him to make the 60-day IL which would mean he would be out until the end of July.

The Mets are now three starting pitchers behind. Alongside Scherzer and deGrom, Tylor Megill is on 15-day IL with tendonitis in his right biceps.

New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts during the at bat of Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in New York.

New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts during the at bat of Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in New York.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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The only good news is that unlike deGrom, once back, Scherzer should be able to go full as recovery from oblique muscle tone is predictable with a low chance of aggravation.

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