Mets Star has a weird problem

Max Scherzer is dealing with an oblique injury, Jon Heyman of the Post reported Thursday.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner ended Wednesday’s 11-4 win over the Cardinals with two outs in the sixth inning after waving his hand over his neck to signal the dugout that he was “done.”

The Mets are still awaiting official MRI results and it’s unclear how much time Scherzer will be missing. Meanwhile, Mets manager Buck Showalter revealed the $130 million ace has also struggled with multiple blisters on his pitching hand in his last two starts.

“They took the pictures (Thursday) and waited for the doctors to weigh and read them,” Showalter said ahead of Thursday’s game. “Hopefully, I think [GM] billy [Eppler] or someone can address it later. I’m not sure if it will be after the game or (Thursday) once we have gathered all the information from the pundits.”

Max Scherzer is leaving the Mets game on May 18, 2022 with an injury.
Max Scherzer is leaving the Mets game on May 18, 2022 with an injury.
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Scherzer noted after the game that he “just felt a hiss on my left side and just knew I was done,” but wouldn’t say if he expected to miss time or be put on the injured list . Starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and Tylor Megill are already on the IL.

“I don’t think it’s a big burden,” Scherzer said. “I was kind of tense and then suddenly it went. But I don’t feel like I really ripped it. It only got worse. Hopefully I got out of there fast enough to avoid a big, big injury here. I know slopes and ribs, these things can be uncomfortable. Hopefully I was able to avoid a serious injury.”

Showalter said he believes the 37-year-old Scherzer “got a grip” on not having fought through every injury later in his career, citing the hamstring problem that forced him to postpone his scheduled opening day start .

“I think he’s really smart,” Showalter said. “He had the hamstrings that he was really smart at that he kept from being something that would have morphed into something earlier in his career.”

Showalter volunteered the information about the blisters, suggesting they influenced Scherzer’s breaking-ball order during Friday night’s outing.

“It’s a different thing with the baseball or the stitching, it’s just different. That’s his last two starts,” Showalter said. “We had it legal… the stuff we did with it we did at the league office to see what we could and couldn’t do.”

“I’m telling you now, that’s one of the reasons he was really struggling with his breaking ball and couldn’t control it. Because he was trying to keep it from ripping open again.”

Starling Marte was still away after a bereavement leave following the death of his grandmother and didn’t make it back in time for Thursday’s game. He’s expected to activate Friday in Colorado, according to Showalter, who added, “Between air travel and customs and also the state of mind that we’re assuming he’s in and trying to give him that space.” Mets Star has a weird problem


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