New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer is not yet making a concrete statement on pitching during the first week of the season. However, he’s also not ruling it out with his side standing mere days away from their April 7 opener in Washington.
The Chesterfield native Max, who was supposed to throw up to seven innings in an intrasquad game on Saturday at Clover Park, was instead a late scratch due to right hamstring tightness. But Scherzer has previously dealt with this sort of injury and remains hopeful he can heal in a matter of days.
“It’s tough to sit here and say, ‘absolutely yes’ or ‘absolutely no,’” Scherzer said, as quoted by MLB.com. “It’s just a day-to-day thing. … You do the rehab and most likely, you get back out there pretty quick. That’s kind of the history of how these little hiccups on my leg work. I’m hoping that it’s the same thing. But when you’re dealing with hammies, you never know.”
“Can’t go for it in a sim game when your hamstring is tight”
Scherzer first noticed something amiss with his right hamstring during routine running work on Thursday. Later, he “had good recovery the past two days,” as he stated, but his hamstring again tightened up when he attempted to warm up for Saturday’s start.
“When your hamstring is tight, you can’t go for it in a sim game at 10:30 in the morning in Spring Training,” said Scherzer, who dealt with several mild hamstring injuries while with the Nationals. “At that point in time, I just shut it down and got treatment.”
Reacting to this big blow ahead of the opener, Manager Buck Showalter added that Scherzer still has “potential” to pitch against the Nationals or shortly thereafter.
“I’m leaning on what Max says,” Showalter said. “He’s been very frank. You can trust him. He knows his body. He knows where he is. He’s dealt with this before.”