He could have pitched over the weekend with the big league team, but the Mets opted to give him a couple of extra rehab starts in the minors for him to regain some length and rhythm.
As a reminder, he went down on May 18 with some pain in his side, which was later diagnosed as an oblique strain.
He seems to be ready to return, and tonight’s start in Binghamton could be his last rehab outing with an eye on a return early next week.
His manager, Buck Showalter, is teasing with him about his rehab start.
“Buck Showalter on Max Scherzer’s rehab start tonight: ‘I was going to send him a ‘Good luck with the Yard Goats,’ but I don’t think he’d take it well. I think I will anyway,'” Tim Healey, who covers the Mets for Newsday, tweeted on Wednesday.
Buck Showalter on Max Scherzer's rehab start tonight: "I was going to send him a ‘Good luck with the Yard Goats,’ but I don’t think he’d take it well. I think I will anyway."
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) June 29, 2022
Scherzer Is Nearing A Return To The Mets Rotation
The veteran, winner of three Cy Young awards, will go against the Colorado Rockies’ Double-A affiliate, the Hartford Yard Goats.
Showalter is one of the funniest guys around an MLB clubhouse, and his players certainly love him.
He has the Mets with the second-best record in MLB, at 47-28, so Scherzer will probably take the joke and laugh.
Scherzer was one of the Mets’ best pitchers before landing on the injured list.
He was 5-1 with an excellent 2.54 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 49.2 frames.
He had been the ace the Mets needed while Jacob deGrom recovered from his own long-term injury, a stress reaction on his right scapula.
Now, he is almost ready to take an MLB mound again.