After the Mets’ 11-4 win over the Cardinals, he stated, “I don’t think this is a severe strain.” “I felt rather tense, and then all of a sudden it disappeared. However, I do not feel like I ripped it. I felt like it just kind of grew worse. Hopefully, I was able to escape quickly enough to avoid serious harm. I am aware that obliques and intercostals can be unpleasant. Fortunately, I escaped major harm.”
Showalter compared the current scenario to the closing days of Spring Training, when Scherzer withdrew from his last Grapefruit League start due to a strained right hamstring. He ultimately recovered in time to start the second game of the season, one day after he normally would have. Scherzer also withdrew from Game 6 of the National League Championship Series last season due to an “overcooked” right arm, and he has previously exited starts due to groin and neck ailments.