Mets All-Star Pitcher Nearing Return


Max Scherzer has not pitched since May 18. Following an oblique strain, the New York Mets ace was expected to miss six to eight weeks. The pitcher seems to be perfectly on track for recovery. 

Scherzer signed a three year/$100 million contract ($43.3 million AAV) with the Mets this past offseason. Before his injury, the starter was putting up videogame numbers, striking out 59 batters over 49 innings, and going 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. 

Scherzer is expected to face live hitters soon. Obviously, with the 37-year old's spotty injury record, the Mets will be very cautious not to rush him back. 

However, should the recovery continue to go well, a return before the all-star break is an increasingly real possibility.

The New York Mets are 16-8 since losing Scherzer and are sitting atop the NL East with a five-win lead over the second-place Atlanta Braves.  

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