After leaving Saturday’s start with left-sided fatigue, Mets starter Max Scherzer will be placed on the 15-day injured list, according to reports.
Scherzer quit his start against the Washington Nationals after five innings and 67 pitches after feeling his left side was “tiring a lot more than usual.”
“Honestly, it just hurts,” Scherzer told reporters on Wednesday. “That’s how I describe it, it’s only my left side hurts. It’s not a strain. I don’t have a specific place where you can pinpoint where it hurts. No, it’s just general fatigue all over the left side.”
Scherzer said after the game that he plans to make his next start, but it looks like the Mets want to play it safe. He started to feel the fatigue in the fourth inning and threw another frame before expressing his discomfort and walking out of the game.
Earlier this season, Scherzer missed nearly seven weeks with a moderate to high oblique strain on his left side.
This season, Scherzer has gone 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA, .924 WHIP and 153 strikeouts in 20 starts.
David Peterson again
Scherzer’s next start was supposed to be Friday on the road against the Marlins, but the Mets will now have to fill that spot.
David Peterson, who last started for the Mets on Sept. 2 against the Nationals, appears to be the prime candidate to take Scherzer’s place in the short term, as he has done in the past with Scherzer’s oblique injury. .
This season, Peterson went 7-3 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 110 strikeouts in 95 innings in 21 games, including 17 starts. The 27-year-old southpaw rose to the challenge whenever the Mets needed a pitcher to replace an injury or on tight pressure with a double header.
Peterson was on the Mets’ 28-man roster preparing for a potential role outside the bullpen to provide the team with a second left-hander next to Joely Rodriguez. These plans will take a back seat for now.
Reports said the Mets have brought in Alex Claudio and Yoan Lopez to bolster the bullpen for Wednesday’s doubleheader. One of those pitchers will likely stay with the team after games.
Scherzer said he has no regrets about the way he behaved the way he felt during Saturday’s start.
Once he found out he wasn’t going to make Friday’s start, the Mets had to act to fill his spot in the rotation. The Mets co-ace doesn’t believe this will be a long-term stint on the IL.
“It’s days, not weeks, that’s the most important thing,” Scherzer said. “It’s not a major injury. It’s more that I’m going to miss a start, we knew that. Once the ball is out of my court, the team has to do what they have to do for them. alignment changes.
“Because of the irritation on the side here, I won’t be able to make that start and they needed another arm here, that’s why I’m going to IL.”
That presents some optimism that Scherzer could reappear on the mound during the team’s road trip to Milwaukee or Oakland in the penultimate week of September.