New York Mets ace Max Scherzer told reporters on Tuesday he was about “90%” recovered from the oblique strain that cost him a month of action and kept him from pitching since his last bump May 18.
Fans received more good news about Scherzer’s status ahead of Thursday night’s home game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
According to SNY’s Ryan Morik, Scherzer pitched a three-inning, 50-pitch mock game at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon. The 37-year-old remarked on Tuesday that avoiding another setback was ‘the first thing that came to mind’, and it looks like he’s achieved that goal.
“I felt good all the time, I threw all my pitches, so everything is fine,” Scherzer explained after Thursday’s pitching session.
The hope, going forward, is that Scherzer will be cleared to begin a rehab mission on Tuesday. It’s still unclear how many rehab appearances he might need before he can return to the rotation, but he said on Tuesday he would take things “day by day” and complete an initial mission first. before starting to think about what might come next.
“He was in it and you could tell how much he loved being back on a mound here at Citi Field,” manager Buck Showalter said of Scherzer on Thursday.
Scherzer went 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts this season before the injury. The 41-23 Mets, meanwhile, hold a four-game lead over the second (and hot) Atlanta Braves in the National League East standings.