Mets Notes: Scherzer, deGrom, Megill

Mets Notes: Scherzer, deGrom, Megill

The Mets co-aces today reached a turning point in their recovery from injury. Mak Scherzer started rehab with Double-A Binghamton, throwing in 3 1/3 innings and 65 throws. This is the first action in the game for the three-time winner Sai Yang since he experienced a slanting stretch in mid-May.

John Hayman and Mark Sanchez from the New York Post wrote over the weekend that Scherzer could return to the headquarters of the big league on Sunday. Whether he will return so soon remains to be seen, but it is possible that he could exceed the initial time frame. The club initially estimated his recovery at six to eight weeks; this Thursday will mark five weeks since the injury. Even if Scherzer needs another start to his rehabilitation before returning to the Majers, the Mets must certainly be satisfied with his current situation given the initial expectations.

The team announced that Jacob deGrom organized a live kick training at their Florida complex (via Deesha Thosar of New York Daily News). This is the first time that DeGrom has thrown attackers since he was diagnosed with a reaction to stress in the shoulder blade at the end of spring training. The four-time All-Star has been trying to solve the problem for the last few weeks, and continues to progress towards a final comeback. A certain time frame will be set for him to record the action in the game, and it is expected that deGrom will need at least three beginnings of rehabilitation before he returns to the City Field mound.

In addition to Sugar and DeGrom, New York will be left without Tilor Megill for a longer period. The right-hander suffered a sprained shoulder and was on the injured list last week, and the club announced that he would be completely excluded from the throw for at least a month.

Megill managed to score just 5.01 ERA through nine starts before the injury, but knocked out a quality 27% of the shots he encountered with a walking rate of 6.3%. He has started all 27 of his appearances in the major leagues since last year’s call-up, but the Mets have at least given some thought to using him in the short term. Ken Rosenthal suggested this week Athletic baseball show that New York had some internal discussions about the possibility of turning Megill into a high-level role when Scherzer and deGrom return to join Carlos Carrasco, Taiyuan Walker, Chris Bassitt and depth actuators David Peterson i Trevor Williams.

Rosenthal noticed that those hypotheses were dropped before Megil’s injury, which could jeopardize all plans. It seems likely that he would need less rehabilitation to act out of relief than as a starter, which could still increase the appeal of such a move. In any case, Megill will not be on the MLB embankment for a long time, and the events that intervene will undoubtedly affect the course of the club’s action. It will probably be out until the deadline for trade on August 2, and New York predicts that it will explore the market both for a start and for help in the coming weeks.


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