Mets’ Max Scherzer ‘hurt, not injured’ after early exit

Max Scherzer appears likely to avoid the injured list, in part because the Mets ace does not consider himself injured.

After leaving Saturday’s start early with left side fatigue, Scherzer woke up on Sunday feeling “OK, kind of as expected,” he said, and was not scheduled to undergo any imaging.

“There’s nothing that’s sharp that’s grabby,” Scherzer said Sunday morning. “It’s kind of just dull everywhere — it’s kind of everywhere except the oblique.

“There’s no injury,” he later added. “I’m hurt, not injured.”

Scherzer was pitching on an extra day’s rest on Saturday, and will be doing so again in his next start — which is tentatively lined up for next Friday in Miami — because the Mets have an off day on Thursday.

Mets pitcher Max Scherzer watches a double play to end the third inning during a game against the Nationals.
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“Basically, he’s going to start with an extra day or you push it back,” manager Buck Showalter said. “But I don’t foresee this in any type of [IL]-able injury. I think he’s going to pitch soon after the off day.”

Scherzer missed seven weeks with a strained left oblique earlier this season, but he said Saturday night that this issue was different. He began experiencing fatigue in the fourth inning of Saturday’s start against the Nationals and when it didn’t go away by the fifth inning, the Mets decided to play it safe and take him out of the game after 67 pitches.

The Mets have David Peterson stretched out as a starter if they need one to fill in for Scherzer, at least temporarily, but they hope that won’t be necessary.

“We’ll see,” Showalter said. “I think the big thing is going to be when he takes his work day. Where’s the bite, if any?”

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