Max Scherzer exits start vs. Cardinals with injury

NEW YORK — Already playing the first half of this season without one of their aces, the Mets on Wednesday faced the prospect of potentially losing another. Max Scherzer left his start against the Cardinals in the sixth inning after feeling apparent discomfort on a pitch. He walked off the field alongside a trainer.

The Mets did not immediately give word as to the nature or severity of Scherzer’s issue.

Making his eighth start since joining the Mets on a three-year, $130 million contract, Scherzer appeared to grimace upon throwing an 85-mph slider in the dirt at Albert Pujols. Almost immediately, Scherzer called for trainer Joe Golia, who came to the mound alongside manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. The group conferred for a few moments before Scherzer walked off alongside Golia.

The Mets can ill afford an injury to Scherzer, particularly with both deGrom and Tylor Megill on the injured list. deGrom, who was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right shoulder in the final week of Spring Training, isn’t due back until late June or, more likely, July. Megill is dealing with right biceps inflammation and currently shut down from throwing.

The rest of the Mets’ rotation includes Chris Bassitt, Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker, with David Peterson and Trevor Williams as depth options.

In deGrom’s absence, Scherzer had been the rotation linchpin, entering Wednesday’s play with a 4-1 record and 2.66 ERA.

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