Scherzer went on the injured list back in mid-May after suffering an oblique injury against the St. Louis Cardinals.
While pitching to Albert Pujols, Scherzer signaled towards the Mets dugout that he was unable to continue pitching.
But Scherzer made a rehab start last night with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets double-A affiliate, and went 4.2 innings while allowing three runs, two of them being earned.
Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News tweeted about Scherzer’s outing, revealing that he also struck out eight batters and appears to be fully stretched out again after an 80-pitch outing.
Max Scherzer threw 4.2 innings and 80 pitches in his second rehab start for Double-A Binghamton. He threw a 10-pitch first inning, labored a bit in the fourth, came back out for the fifth. In all, Scherzer gave up two earned runs on four hits, walked one, and struck out eight.
— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) June 30, 2022
While Scherzer was unable to get through five innings, he at the very least pitched well and looked like himself again.
The Mets have been struggling of late, having dropped six of their last 10 games and watching their lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East shrink to three games.
Getting Scherzer back will be a huge boost for them while they continue to await the return of Jacob deGrom.
Scherzer appears to be fully stretched out again.
The 37-year-old is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts this year for the Mets.
He was signed to a three-year, $130 million contract shortly before the lockout began.
When healthy, he has been exactly what the Mets asked for.
But soon, he’ll be back.
Eight strikeouts in his rehab start is a good sign for both him and the Mets.
We’ll see when he ultimately comes back.
The Mets could use a boost in their rotation to pad their lead over the Braves.