May 18, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) is taken out because of an injury in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

While the New York Mets routed the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4 on Wednesday, the win came with some concern for the Mets and their ace, Max Scherzer.

With New York up in the sixth inning, Scherzer appeared to be on cruise control. But something went wrong on his 87th pitch and Scherzer quickly removed himself from the game.

Naturally, there was some immediate concern among Mets fans.

That’s the bad news.

Anthony DiComo of reported that Scherzer was removed “due to left side discomfort.” He also noted that the fact that it’s not an arm injury is good, even if the possibility of significant missed time is still there.

That report brought a mixed reaction from baseball fans.

This is definitely a classic, “good news, bad news” situation. An arm injury would have been the worst case scenario but if it is an oblique injury, the Mets will be without Scherzer for a while.

And there’s another issue with Scherzer that can’t be ignored — he’s 37. Scherzer has pitched remarkably well as he’s gotten into his mid-to-late 30s but at that age, every injury has to be taken seriously.

The coming days will reveal more about Scherzer’s status going forward. But given his age and how much he means to the team, expect the Mets to be cautious. It’s much better to have Scherzer miss some starts now than during the playoff race and certainly into the postseason.

[SNY, Anthony DiComo]

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