Now that the right-handed starters veterans Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer are back in Queens, it shouldn’t be long before the lost aces of the New York Mets return to the mound. Scherzer, who is rehabbing an injured left oblique muscle, is scheduled to throw a simulated game in the next few days at Citi Field in the Big Apple.
That should be his final test before beginning what he hopes will be one rehab start in the minor leagues (but he could end up becoming two or three). If all goes well, Scherzer could return in late June, coming to the end of his initial six-to-eight-week schedule:
Meanwhile, deGrom completed his fourth bullpen session Tuesday with a view to throwing an “up and down” bullpen on Friday, which is designed to simulate the breaks between inputs. From there, deGrom will advance to live batting practice and eventually a minor league rehab assignment of his own.
DeGrom’s minor league season should last longer than Scherzer’s, as he recovers from a stress reaction in his right scapula, but remains on track to return in early to mid-July.
That way, it’s conceivable that the Mets could have their two best pitchers back by the All-Star break, powering a rotation that ranks 24th in the majors with a 5.26 ERA since Scherzer joined deGrom in the disabled list in mid-May.
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MLB: How much are they missing? deGrom and Scherzer rejoin Mets in New York as rehab progresses