The New York Mets star Max Scherzer pulled out from his start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at Citi Field. He opted for this because of “left side discomfort” and will undergo medical imaging on Thursday to determine the severity of the ailment, the team announced.
The 37-year-old Scherzer signalled to the dugout with two outs in the sixth inning, motioning that he was done. The veteran Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher then spoke with team manager Buck Showalter and members of the Mets coaching and training staff on the mound before exiting the game.
“I don’t think this is a major strain,” he said after the Mets’ 11-4 win over the Cardinals, as quoted by MLB.com. “I was kind of tight, and then all of a sudden it went. But I don’t feel like I really ripped it. I felt like it just kind of got worse. So hopefully I got out of there quick enough to prevent a major, major injury here. I know obliques, intercostals, those things can be nasty. Hopefully, I avoided a serious injury.”
“Scherzer has been a great self-evaluator”
The Missouri native Scherzer tossed 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes and left with a 6-2 lead over the Cardinals. Following this, reliever Adam Ottavino replaced him and struck out Albert Pujols to end the inning.
“I just felt a zing on my left side and knew I was done,” Scherzer added. “We don’t know exactly what the injury is, but I’ve never had a left-side injury before. So when I felt it, I knew, ‘There’s no way you can throw another pitch, so just get out of there.’”
Scherzer‘s absence will hit the Mets hard as they have already been without injured ace Jacob deGrom (right scapula stress reaction) all season. Adding to this, his replacement, Tylor Megill, went on the 15-day injured list Sunday with right biceps inflammation.
“He’s been a great self-evaluator,” Showalter said. “He knows when he’s at a point where if he pushes more, it’s going to turn into something serious.”