That has Mets fans a bit worried with the playoffs around the corner.
The star right-hander had to leave his previous start on Saturday against the Washington Nationals because of some left oblique fatigue.
According to New York Post’s Mike Puma, the team is still deciding what to do with their veteran starter.
“Mets are still figuring out whether Max Scherzer will pitch Friday, get pushed back or skip a start. Will decide likely by tomorrow. Scherzer departed his last start with oblique fatigue,” Puma said.
Mets are still figuring out whether Max Scherzer will pitch Friday, get pushed back or skip a start. Will decide likely by tomorrow. Scherzer departed his last start with oblique fatigue.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) September 6, 2022
The concerning part of all this is that Scherzer already missed about seven weeks between May and June with a left oblique strain.
He Is Dealing With A Tricky Injury
Oblique strains can be tricky, because re-aggravation rates are higher than other injuries.
We also have to consider that despite the obvious care he takes of his body, Scherzer is 38.
The priority here should be having him healthy and, ideally, with a start or two under his belt before the postseason, so he has established a rhythm, a groove on the mound.
The next 24 hours will be crucial in the Mets’ decision, but expect them to be very cautious with their prized (and pricey) star.
For the season, Scherzer has made 20 starts.
In 127.2 innings, he has a 9-4 record, a 2.26 ERA, 153 strikeouts and a 0.92 WHIP.
He has been phenomenal in his first season with the Mets, and has led the rotation for a large chunk of the season in which Jacob deGrom was absent with his own physical issues.
Hopefully, he gets fully healthy in time to dominate in the postseason.