Mets Notebook: Max Scherzer to rest ailing neck, Carlos Carrasco sharp in rehab outing

The Mets have been in a slump this season. The club fell three games below .500 (17-20) as the injuries continue to pile up.

Max Scherzer is the latest injury victim. The 39-year-old was ejected from the Mets’ 7-6 loss to the team. Red in Cincinnati on Tuesday because of neck spasms.

“There’s nothing you can do but rest,” Scherzer said before Tuesday’s game. “It’s going to be a few days, but that’s the good news, it’s only going to be a few days.”

Neck spasms are nothing new for the three-time Cy Young Award winner. He was scratched from Game 5 of the 2019 World Series because of the issue.

“I get neck spasms every now and then,” Scherzer said. β€œI have to do a series of neck exercises to keep it at bay and I’ve done a pretty good job. But every now and then, this can sneak up on me, and unfortunately I’ve given it a bad time to happen.

β€œIt’s easy to get frustrated with that, but at the end of the day, we didn’t do anything. It wasn’t like I was doing something stupid or anything, I was literally training and I could feel it coming. [I] i tried to get in front of him and then i didn’t. It blew up on me. There is literally zero to regret. There is no suspicion of what I have done. It just happened.”

Scherzer is off to a rough start to the season, posting a 5.56 ERA in five starts. This isn’t the Amazins’ first stint without Scherzer this season, as the right-hander also missed time due to a sticky 10 game suspension.

The veteran is also no stranger to injuries during his time with the Mets, as he missed a month and a half last season. with an oblique injury in the first season of his three-year, $130 million contract he agreed in November 2021.

For now, Scherzer remains off the disabled list and hopes to return to the mound after a few days of rest.

“I am better today than I was [Monday]. That’s the good [news],” he said. to be able to get that thumbs up.


Carlos Carrasco completed his first rehab outing Tuesday night in Binghamton for the Mets Double-A affiliate Rumble Ponies. The right-hander threw three innings, allowing just one run while striking out one against the Hartford Yard Goats.

“Everything turned out very well. All the breaking balls, especially the changeup,” Carrasco said Tuesday. “I was looking for my delivery and found it…

“I’m ready [to return to the Mets], but I won’t make that decision. I’ll hear from them what the next step is and we’ll go from there.”

The veteran was rehabilitated from o right elbow inflammation caused by a bone spur. The rehabilitation of the 37-year-old was postponed a bit because of a stomach virusHowever, he now looks set to join the Mets in the coming days.


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