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Mets star pitcher Scherzer facing six to eight weeks out

National League East leaders New York Mets could be without Max Scherzer for several weeks after he suffered a side strain.

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The New York Mets have confirmed Max Scherzer suffered an oblique strain during Wednesday’s 11-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals, and could be set for between six and eight weeks on the sidelines. The 37-year-old pitched 5.2 innings after starting the game, but was forced to withdraw from the contest after feeling a sharp pain on the left side of his torso.

Scherzer, who had given up just one earned run while striking out four during the game, told the media in the aftermath he hoped to have avoided a “serious injury”, saying he did not believe he had suffered a major strain. However, the two-time world series champions have now confirmed his injury could keep him out for several weeks.

An update provided by the team’s official Twitter account on Thursday read: “Max’s images showed a moderate to high grade internal oblique strain. A general timeline for an injury of this nature is six to eight weeks.”

Scherzer has performed well as the Mets’ interim ace in the absence of Jacob deGrom, who is expected to be out until late-June with a stress reaction. With fellow pitcher Tylor Megill also placed on the 15-day injured list on Sunday after suffering from bicep inflammation, the injury to Scherzer is a significant blow to the Mets, who sit atop the National League East with a 25-14 record this season.

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