The star right-hander had to depart Wednesday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals when he felt some left side discomfort after throwing a pitch.
But besides the left side pain that turned out to be an oblique injury after Scherzer underwent an MRI on Thursday morning, he is also dealing with another physical issue.
“In addition to the left-side injury that knocked him out of last night’s game, Max Scherzer has been pitching through multiple blisters on his pitching hand his last two starts, according to Buck Showalter,” Anthony DiComo, who covers the Mets for MLB.com, tweeted.
In addition to the left-side injury that knocked him out of last night's game, Max Scherzer has been pitching through multiple blisters on his pitching hand his last two starts, according to Buck Showalter.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 19, 2022
Pitching with blisters is painful and shouldn’t be done, because it could lead to infections and obviously affects the grip of certain pitches.
In any case, the blisters could be treated.
Scherzer’s Oblique Injury Is More Worrisome Than His Blisters
But the oblique injury is a bit more problematic.
Pitching requires the use of many muscles, tendons, bones, nerves, and body parts as a whole.
He was pitching very well before hurting himself, with a 2.54 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
He also had 59 strikeouts in 49.2 innings in his first season with the Mets.
New York is now down Jacob deGrom and Scherzer, and probably will miss both for at least several more weeks.
Scherzer has since been ruled out by the Mets for the next 6-8 weeks.
UPDATE ON MAX SCHERZER
Max’s images showed a moderate to high grade internal oblique strain. A general timeline for an injury of this nature is 6-8 weeks.
— New York Mets (@Mets) May 19, 2022
So it turns out the blisters won’t be much of a concern now that he will be on the shelf into the summer.