This week, on Tuesday to be precise, he threw off flat ground at Citi Field, the latest step on his road back to the big leagues.
What’s next for him?
Well, if he shows no ill effects from his throwing session (which he hasn’t to this point), he will face live hitters in a few days.
After that, he will likely go on a rehab assignment in the minor league system.
Only after having aced all those tests, he will return to the Mets rotation, so he still has a few more weeks.
If everything goes smoothly, he is likely to return to the Mets’ starting rotation at some point in early July.
This represents some very good news for the Mets and their fans, right?
Yes, but Scherzer is not happy and won’t be until he is ready to step on a major league mound again.
“How encouraged is Max Scherzer by his progress? ‘Nothing, because I’m not back,'” SNY tweeted, quoting the pitcher.
How encouraged is Max Scherzer by his progress?
"Nothing, because I'm not back." pic.twitter.com/Uwqo2Q76j0
— SNY (@SNYtv) June 14, 2022
A Competitive Beast
Scherzer is one of the most competitive guys in MLB.
This has become evident by watching him pitch.
Additionally, you don’t win multiple Cy Youngs, throw multiple no-hitters, and lift a World Series trophy by coincidence.
The guy has worked hard to be where he is right now.
He is happiest when he is pitching against MLB hitters, so he still has a couple of extra weeks to go to be happy with his progress.
He will return to a solid 2.54 ERA.