Max Scherzer’s oblique strain is 90% cured, but there’s only half.
The expensive ace revealed that he received a P4P injection shortly after his injury, and the healing went so well that his exhausting climb was quickly over.
“The way to describe this injury and its rehab, half the fight is coming back at 90% and then the other half of this fight is 90% to 100%,” Scherzer said. “With the trainers here we did a good job of coming back to 90%, but I’m still fighting a battle here to get back to 100%.”
Despite confusing math, Tuesday’s update was encouraging. Scherzer threw in the outfield before the Mets’ game against the Brewers, returning to the club after rehab at home during his 10-game road trip. He is scheduled to pitch a live batting practice session this week and the ideal scenario, as Scherzer explained, is a rehab start before an MLB return.
But Scherzer was also careful not to set deadlines or expectations for his recovery.
“You just have to keep increasing your workload. You have to be aware and very aware of your body, how you stress it and how it reacts. You have to know what’s going on and what’s normal. And what not,” said Shazer. “The way I describe it now is breaking into a new shoe. It doesn’t feel good when you break a new shoe, but you have to do it. That’s how I feel now. I’m breaking out here to throw through the scar tissue and get back to the bullpen and everything. You’re going to feel different things as soon as you stress it. But you don’t want it to spiral out of control and shock you.”
The original recovery timeline of 6 to 8 weeks would return Scherzer by mid-July. He is not paying attention to that guess.
“It doesn’t make sense to me. I’m just doing what I can do every single day,” said Shazer. “Come out here and work, do your job, do whatever I can handle. If If I can do it fast, then great. If I slow it down, great. I can only do what I can.”
Scherzer noted that former national teammate Yann Gomes returned just 19 days after having treated the same injury with PRP injections.
“Actually in 19 days at a big league ballgame. He’s crazy,” said Schaezer. “I can even see how he did it. If it worked for you, it might actually work. And I feel like it worked for me and got me back at 90%, its First part, very fast. I was back at 90% really early. It’s the last 10% here that’s the danger.”
Scherzer’s update came as Jacob deGrom, who suffered a stress fracture in spring training, continued his “mound progress.” The thought of reuniting the two aces at a club currently holding the best record in the National League is a tantrum.
“It’s hard not to (think of those players coming back),” Buck Showalter said. “I’ve had some pretty loose dates on everyone. I’ve asked questions like, I’m sure you will, or even a fan, ‘Hey, best case scenario? Hey, worst case? There’s a window to get it. Try. “
Although cautious about his approach, Scherzer was happy to be back at the clubhouse.
“I hate seeing them on TV. I want to be there with them, but that’s it,” Shazer said. “I got to listen to Keith Hernandez a little bit more.”