Food Notes: Scherzer, deGrom, Megill

Food Notes: Scherzer, deGrom, Megill

The Mets co-aces each hit a major milestone in their injury recovery today. Max Scherzer got off to a rehab start with Double-A Binghamton, pitching 3 1/3 innings and 65 pitches. It’s the first game action for the three-time Cy Young winner since suffering an oblique strain in mid-May.

Jon Heyman and Mark Sanchez of the New York Post wrote over the weekend that Scherzer could return to the league staff as early as Sunday. Whether he’ll be back soon remains to be seen, but it’s possible he could beat the original schedule. The club initially estimated his recovery at six to eight weeks; this Thursday will mark the mark of five weeks since the injury. Even if Scherzer ends up requiring another rehab start before returning to the majors, the Mets must surely be happy with his current situation given initial expectations.

The team announced that Jacob of Grom hosted a live batting practice session at their Florida resort (via New York Daily News’ Deesha Thosar). It’s the first time deGrom has pitched to batters since being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his shoulder blade at the end of spring training. The four-time All-Star has been working off the mound for the past two weeks, and he continues to progress toward an eventual comeback. A specific schedule for him taping game action needs to be determined, and deGrom is expected to require at least three rehab starts before returning to the Citi Field mound.

In addition to Scherzer and deGrom, New York will be without Tylor Megill for an extended period. The right-hander suffered a sprained shoulder and ended up on the injured list last week, with the club announcing he would be banned from pitching for at least a month.

Megill only had a 5.01 ERA in nine starts before the injury, but he struck out 27% batting quality against a 6.3% walk rate. He’s started his 27 major league appearances since last year’s call-up, but the Mets have at least thought about using him in shorter stretches. Ken Rosenthal suggested this week athletic baseball show that New York had internal discussions about the possibility of converting Megill into a high-leverage setup role once Scherzer and deGrom returned to join Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan walker, Chris Bassit and depth starters David Peterson and Trevor Williams.

Rosenthal noted that those hypotheticals were ruled out before Megill’s injury, which could throw a wrench in any plans. It seems likely that he would need less rehab buildup to work out of relief than as a starter, which would perhaps increase the appeal of such a move. Either way, Megill won’t be on an MLB mound for an extended period of time, and events in between will no doubt affect the club’s course of action. He is likely to be out until the August 2 trade deadline, and New York figures to explore the market for both start-up and relief aid over the next few weeks.

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