MIAMI — While Max Scherzer wants to be on the mound for the Mets, he also realizes it’s important not to rush off his moderate-to-high slant strain.
If everything had gone perfectly after he started rehab with Class AA Binghamton last Tuesday, he could have been back for the Mets on Sunday against the Marlins.
But Scherzer said he felt a little bad after throwing and rehabilitating for consecutive days. He will now make at least one more rehab start before returning to pitch for the Mets.
Scherzer and the team were still deciding where that departure would take place.
“For me, my focus is on rehab right now and making sure it’s strong to come back,” Scherzer said. “But I’m ahead of schedule, I’m doing great, I’m making the progress I need. It’s just one of those things you have to be delicate with. You have to respect the injury.”
Scherzer said he felt good after throwing 65 pitches in 3⅓ innings with the Rumble Ponies. Some soreness set in after throwing a paddock and doing a basic workout.
“I do a lot. I passed all the tests,” Scherzer said. “There are no setbacks, it’s just the nature of the return from this injury.”
Buck Showalter said Scherzer continues to take positive steps in his recovery.
After the May 18 injury, the reported recovery time was six to eight weeks. Sunday marks exactly six weeks since he felt the “zing” in a start against the Cardinals.
“That was the plan from the start, just to see how he felt day to day, not to get ahead of us and commit to something where it might feel like some sort of failure,” Showalter said. “He’s exactly where he’s supposed to be if you look at his injury history.”
Scherzer and Showalter said they couldn’t take into account other injuries in the Mets’ starting rotation, including Tylor Megill’s shoulder strain, while discussing Scherzer’s return schedule.
“I think our medical team and the players realize that we want to get it right the first time,” Showalter said. “It’s an inexact science, but you take all the information from the past and where mistakes have been made. We’ve never based any of these decisions on the fact that you need it more than you could have. “
Scherzer said, “You have to completely remove that from your calculation. I can’t have a setback. I have to come back healthy and I can’t have a setback. I can’t have a setback.”
Jacob deGrom pitched his second live batting practice Saturday in Port St. Lucie, throwing 20 pitches in one inning, according to reports.
While Showalter said the session went well, the team is cautious about setting a specific date for his return.
“He knows what it takes to compete here and when he’s physically good,” Showalter said. “I think with all the things he’s done, he’ll feel confident that some of those things are behind him by the time we get there.”
Reliever Colin Holderman is one of the Mets closest to a return from injury. Holderman, who was placed on the 15-day IL on June 8 with a right shoulder impingement, was scheduled to pitch for Class AAA Syracuse on Sunday, Showalter said.
The Mets manager is also pleased with the progress of Trevor May, who has been out since May 3 with a stress reaction in his lower left humerus. He’s one step away from pitching to batters in his progression.
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