The prior week in MLB was about a team in the National League that would be without a starting pitcher for multiple weeks, a pitcher in the American League has surgery, and a team avoiding arbitration with a player.
New York Mets Starting Pitcher Max Scherzer Out Several Weeks with Oblique Strain
According to a team announcement, the New York Mets will be without starting pitcher Max Scherzer for six-to-eight weeks after imaging revealed a moderate-to-high grade internal oblique strain.
UPDATE ON MAX SCHERZER
Max’s images showed a moderate to high grade internal oblique strain. A general timeline for an injury of this nature is 6-8 weeks.
— New York Mets (@Mets) May 19, 2022
Scherzer was forced to leave his last outing against the St. Louis Cardinals after throwing 87 pitches with left side discomfort.
Max Scherzer leaves with injury.
Hope nothing is serious pic.twitter.com/hjVvFrspNa
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) May 19, 2022
The loss of Scherzer for several weeks is a significant blow to the Mets’ starting rotation.
The team already has starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and Tylor Megill on the injured list.
The Mets signed Scherzer to a three-year contract in the offseason, and the right-handed pitcher was off to a fantastic start before the injury.
He posted a 2.54 ERA in 49 2 /3 innings pitched (eight starts) with 59 strikeouts, 11 walks issued, five home runs allowed, a 153 ERA+, 2.93 FIP, and 0.94 WHIP.
Scherzer being sidelined for many weeks is monumental as he was anchoring the staff with deGrom dealing with an injury.
Scherzer dealing with an oblique injury is one that will take time to heal.
This is the type of injury you do not rush back from for pitchers, as it can make the injury worse.
Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher Chris Paddack Undergoes Second Tommy John Surgery
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Chris Paddack underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery, the MLB team announced days ago, per Dan Hayes of The Athletic.
Chris Paddack had season-ending Tommy John surgery. #MNTwins
— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) May 18, 2022
Paddack also had the same operation when he was with the San Diego Padres organization in 2016.
The right-handed pitcher has not pitched since leaving a start on May 8 with an injury.
He compiled a 4.03 ERA in 22 1/3 innings pitched (five starts) with 20 strikeouts, two walks surrendered, zero home runs allowed, a 1.71 FIP, and 1.20 WHIP.
In early April, the Twins acquired him from the Padres in a deal that included closer Taylor Rogers.
The typical recovery period for pitchers who undergo Tommy John surgery is between 12 to 18 months.
Paddack might not pitch again until 2024.
New York Mets Agree to One-Year, $8.8 Million Deal with Pitcher Chris Bassitt
The New York Mets and right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt have agreed to a one-year, $8.8 million contract to avoid arbitration, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Chris Bassitt and the Mets have reached agreement on a one-year, $8.8M contract, avoiding arbitration, a source tells @TheAthletic. Salary for ‘22 is $8.65M. Deal includes 2023 mutual option for $19M or $150K buyout.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 21, 2022
Bassitt will make $8.65 million this year, and the deal includes a 2023 mutual option worth $19 million or a $150,000 buyout.
Bassitt is off to a phenomenal start in his first season with the Mets after acquiring him in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.
Bassitt has posted a 2.77 ERA in 48 2/3 innings pitched (eight starts) with 49 strikeouts, 13 walks yielded, six home runs allowed, a 140 ERA+, 3.79 FIP, and 1.08 WHIP.
The Mets will need Bassitt to continue pitching well as several pitchers in their starting rotation have been beset by injuries.
Stay tuned next week as we give you more news from MLB.
- Chris is a 29-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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