MRI on Thursday confirmed a left oblique injury to right-hander Max Scherzer, according to the MLB Network.
Three-time Sai Young Award winner is likely to get on the list of victims and could be suspended from work for up to a month.
Scherzer, 37, came out after 5 2/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals with discomfort on his left side on Wednesday night. The right-hander won to improve the score to 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts.
Scherzer, who faced future Hall of Fame member Albert Puyols, made a sharp throat movement and seemed to say “I’m done” after floating on a slider out of the strike zone with two runners at base. He left after a brief consultation with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, manager Buck Shawolter and coach.
“In that Pujols at-bat, I just felt high on the left side and knew I was done,” Scherzer said after the game. “I don’t know exactly what the injury is, but (I’ve) never had a left side injury before. So when I felt it, I just knew you couldn’t throw another box. So just get out of there.”
Scherzer, who signed a three-year $ 130 million contract with the Mets in November, said he hoped to avoid serious injury.
Eightfold in the All-Star Game, Scherzer has a 195-98 record with a score of 3.15 and 3,079 outs in 415 games (406 starts) from Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington National, Washington National Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Mets.