Max Scherzer suffers from an oblique injury, The Post’s Jon Heyman reported on Thursday.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner left Wednesday’s 11-4 victory over the Cardinals with two outs in the sixth inning after signaling to the dugout that he was “done” with a hand gesture on his neck.
The Mets are still awaiting official MRI results and it’s unclear how long Scherzer will be missing. Meanwhile, Mets manager Buck Showalter has revealed the $130 million ace has also been battling multiple blisters on his pitching hand in his last two starts.
“They took the pictures (Thursday) and they waited for the doctors to weigh themselves, read them,” Showalter said ahead of Thursday’s game. “I hope I think [GM] Bowl [Eppler] or someone can take care of it later. I don’t know if it will be after the game or (Thursday) once we have gathered all the information from the experts.
Scherzer noted after the game that he “just felt a zing on my left side and knew I was done,” but he didn’t say whether he expected to miss time or be assigned to the list of injured. Starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and Tylor Megill are already on the IL.
“I don’t think it’s a major strain,” Scherzer said. “I was a little tight and then all of a sudden it was gone. But I don’t really feel like I tore it up. It just got worse. Hopefully I got out fast enough to avoid a major injury here. I know about obliques and intercostals, those things can be nasty. I hope I avoided a serious injury.
Showalter said he thought the 37-year-old Scherzer had “understood” not to battle all the injuries later in his career, citing the hamstring issue which forced him to postpone his departure scheduled for opening day.
“I think he’s really smart about it,” Showalter said. “He had the hamstring that he was really smart about and was preventing from being something that earlier in his career would have turned into something.”
Showalter provided the information on the blisters, suggesting they affected Scherzer’s breaking ball drive during Friday night’s outing.
“It’s a different thing with baseball, or the seams, it’s just different. He’s pitched with that in his last two starts,” Showalter said. deal with it, we ran it through the league office to see what we could and couldn’t do.”
“I’ll tell you now, that’s one of the reasons he was really struggling with his breaking ball and couldn’t command it. Because he was trying to stop it from tearing again.
Starling Marte was still traveling after bereavement leave following the death of her grandmother and did not return in time for Thursday’s game. He’s expected to be activated Friday in Colorado, according to Showalter, who added, “Between air travel and customs and also the mindset we’re assuming he’s in, trying to give him that space. “