Max Scherzer dominated his first rehab start Tuesday night since an oblique injury pulled him from the Mets rotation. The 37-year-old struck out six in 3 1/3 innings with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies in New York.
Scherzer last pitched for the Mets on May 18, when he was pulled in the sixth inning against the Cardinals. He was diagnosed with a left oblique strain and put on the Mets’ 15-day injured list, joining Jacob de Grom (shoulder) who is on the 60-day IL.
“I want to get back out there so bad,” Scherzer told reporters in Binghamton after the game. “You put in all this work. You see the team playing some great baseball. You want to be out there competing and winning with them. So for me, I want to be in the big leagues, not be a Rumble Pony.”
The Mets are 45-25, the second-best record in the majors even after an 8-2 loss to the Astros on Tuesday. But Mets starters hold a 4.88 ERA since Scherzer’s injury, when it had been 3.23 beforehand.
Scherzer was put on a pitch count of about 60-70 pitches and he threw 65 on Tuesday night, walking just one batter. The Reading Fightin’ Phils put up two runs on three hits against him in a 7-6 victory over the Ponies.
“I went out there and accomplished what I thought I was going to do,” Scherzer said. “I was able to step on a few fastballs. I thought that was a good thing. I was able to throw all my pitches. I’m checking all the boxes.”
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