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MLB - US Sports: Mets suffer Scherzer injury setback

New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer will miss up to eight weeks after an MRI revealed a 'moderate to high grade' oblique strain after the 11-4 victory over the St Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Scherzer is 5/1 to win the National League Cy Young Award, with the 37-year-old having already won the award three times.

The Mets are already without their superstar pitcher Jacob DeGrom who has missed the entire season to date with a shoulder injury picked up in Spring Training - DeGrom is not due back till at least July and it's expected Scherzer will be about the same time.

Scherzer just felt a 'zing'

It was Scherzer who removed himself from the game with two outs in the sixth inning after feeling soreness in his left side with the hope of preventing a more serious injury.

Speaking after the game, Scherzer said to MLB.com: "Just felt a zing on my left side and just knew I was done. When I felt it, I just knew there's no way you can throw another pitch, so just get out of there."

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The Missouri native has improved his record this season to 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA, his first with the Mets after signing a three-year, $130million contract in the off-season.

Pitcher problems mounting up

Starter Tyler McGill is also on the injured list with biceps tendinitis after compiling a 2.43 ERA through his first six starts of the season.

David Peterson - who has a 1-0 start with a 1.89 ERA in three starts with one relief appearance - will probably be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to join a rotation that includes Chris Bassitt (4-2, 2.34 ERA), Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.73 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (1-0, 3.52 ERA).

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