Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Mets reinstate Max Scherzer, Tylor Megill from IL

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The Mets announced a series of roster moves prior to Monday’s game, reinstating right-hander Max Scherzer from the 15-day injured list and fellow righty Tylor Megill from the 60-day IL. The club already had a vacancy on their 40-man roster for Megill but needed to open two spots on the active roster, doing so by optioning right-hander Stephen Nogosek and left-hander Alex Claudio.

Scherzer returns after just a minimum stay on the 15-day IL, which is surely a huge relief for everyone in the Mets’ world. Scherzer had missed about six weeks earlier in the season due to a left oblique strain and seemed to injure himself in the same area a couple of weeks ago. Scherzer and the club were hopeful that they had caught the issue early, referring to it as mere “fatigue” in the muscle. They had expressed optimism that the righty could return after a short breather on the IL, which has indeed come to pass.

When healthy enough to take the mound, the 38-year-old has been everything the Mets could have hoped for when they signed him in the offseason. Through 20 starts, he has a 2.26 ERA, 30.6% strikeout rate, 4.6% walk rate and 29.3% ground ball rate. Despite missing extensive time, he’s accrued 4.1 wins above replacement in the eyes of FanGraphs, ranking him 12th in the majors. He’ll now return to the rotation alongside Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker and Chris Bassitt, one of the rare moments this year when the club’s top five starters have all been healthy at the same time. That could potentially be a difference maker over the final two weeks of the schedule, with the Mets clinging to the top spot in the NL East but just one game ahead of Atlanta.

Earlier in the year, when the rotation was not fully healthy, the Mets turned to Megill to help fill in. He performed admirably at first, not allowing a run in his first two starts and holding onto a 1.93 ERA through the end of April. Unfortunately, he was hit hard over the next few weeks and then was placed on the IL in mid-June due to a right shoulder strain, only returning Monday. His ERA on the season jumped up to 5.01 during that rough stretch, though it’s fair to wonder if the shoulder issues were contributing to that. He has been rehabbing in the minors over the past three weeks but in single-inning relief appearances. That figures to be his role the rest of the way, though it has been previously reported that the Mets plan on returning him to a starting role next season. There’s a lot of uncertainty about next year’s rotation, since deGrom, Walker, Bassitt and Carrasco all have options or opt-outs, leaving Scherzer as the only one of the current group that’s guaranteed to return.

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