New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets leaves a game in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals with assistant athletic trainer Joe Golia at Citi Field on May 18, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With the Mets leading 6-2 in the sixth inning, Max Scherzer delivered a pitch to fellow future Hall of Famer Albert Puljos and felt a twinge on his side.  Scherzer immediately motioned to the dugout that he couldn’t pitch anymore.

After a brief discussion with Manager Buck Schowalter and Pitching Coach Jeremy Hefner, Scherzer left the ball game with what was later disclosed as left side discomfort.

The Mets would win the game 11-4, but all the focus was on Scherzer. The Mets are already thin with injuries to key arms. Jacob deGrom likely won’t return to the mound until July at the earliest as he rehabs from a right shoulder strain, and Tylor Megill just landed on the injury list.  The Mets could ill afford to lose Scherzer for an extended period of time.

The good news is that Scherzer knew something was wrong and took himself out of the game. He believes saving himself from further injury.

Manager Buck Schowalter added that no matter how the injury turns out, the team has to move forward.