NEW YORK – Max Scherzer and Jacob DeGrom are heading for a return to the Eastern League Mets.
Sherzer, who suffered a left-sided injury while playing against St. Louis on May 18, returned to New York after a rehab in Florida and was thrown into Cityfield’s outfield before the first game of Tuesday night’s series against Milwaukee.
The 37-year-old right-handed batsman, a three-time Sai Young Award winner, is expected to throw a mock game on Thursday. Sherzer said he was not prepared to schedule when he would return to the active roster.
“The way to describe this injury, his rehabilitation, is that half the fight is coming back to 90% and then the other half of this fight is 90% to 100%,” Sherzer said. “With the coaches here, we’ve done a great job of getting back to 90%, but I’m still trying to get to 100%. We’ve done well to get to this point, but I still have a long way to go. “
DeGrom, a two-time Sai Young Award winner, was unable to play in the second half of last season due to a right elbow injury and was unable to play this year due to a strained reaction on his right shoulder. The 33-year-old right-handed batsman threw 30 pitches in the fourth bullpen session on Tuesday.
The Mets starters are 15th in the Majors with a 3.95 ERA, although they have been playing for 5.26 ERA in 23 games since Sherzer was injured. Tuesday’s starter, Chris Bassit, who has a 7.62 ERA in his last five starts, as well as spotter Thomas Szapucci, who hit nine runs in a 1⅓ innings against San Francisco on May 25, added to the score.