New York Mets aces Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom take next steps in rehab process

NEW YORK — Mets aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer on Wednesday took their next steps to return to the New York rotation.

DeGrom, out since July 7, threw 27 pitches to hitters in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and could move up to a minor league rehab assignment from injury.

“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said after watching video from Citi Field. “Tomorrow, if he’s fine, we can probably talk about the next step.”

The 34-year-old right-hander, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, missed the second half of last season with a strain in his right forearm. He returned and started spring training on March 22-27, but was then incapacitated by a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade that caused inflammation. He did not host another bullpen session until June 4.

“He hasn’t had anything that has put him off schedule,” Showalter said. “You can tell he’s optimistic about where he is. The body language, more than anything.”

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, has been out since straining his left oblique muscle while pitching against St. Louis on May 18. He was due to make his second rehab start for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Wednesday night. take the mound against the Hartford Yard Goats.

“I was going to send him a ‘Good luck with the Yard Goats’ but I don’t think he would take it well,” Showalter said. “I think I’ll do it anyway.”

Scherzer threw 65 pitches for Binghamton against Reading on June 21, allowing two runs and three hits in 3⅓ innings with six strikeouts and a walk.

After agreeing to a three-year, $130 million contract, the highest median salary in baseball, Scherzer is 6-2 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts. New York Mets aces Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom take next steps in rehab process

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