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Defense will dictate when Max Scherzer makes Mets debut

WASHINGTON — Before a final decision is made on when Max Scherzer will pitch, Mets officials want to watch the right-hander line up his position and cover first base.

These drills are scheduled to take place on Thursday before the game at Nationals Park, although it is possible that a covered pitch due to rain will have a say. The first pitch was moved from 4:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. due to these weather issues.

Scherzer was pulled from early spring training on Saturday with a right hamstring injury. After kicking off a bullpen session on Tuesday, he said he was feeling better and plans to make his Mets debut on Friday.

“It’s about whether Scherzer pitches Friday, later in the rotation or whether we decide to push him back until after the rest day in New York,” manager Buck Showalter said during a practice. team on Wednesday. “Those are sort of the options we’re looking at.”

David Peterson is with the team as part of the taxi squad and could be a consideration for Friday if Scherzer is not deemed ready.

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Brandon Nimmo, who may head to free agency after the season, said contract extension talks never took place in the offseason. Nimmo previously told The Post he was ready to listen if the Mets made an offer during the season.

“I can’t really afford it,” he said. “I expressed interest in staying here, but nothing came of it.”

Nimmo said he was not disappointed to start the season without a signing beyond 2022.

“It kind of reinforces that they want to wait and see and that’s fine with me,” Nimmo said. “I try not to take it as a disappointment and the fact that everyone is asking me and even having this conversation is a good thing for me.”

Eduardo Escobar took the whole team to dinner on Wednesday night. The meal included approximately 70 players, coaches and support staff.

The Mets signed right-hander John Curtiss to a one-year, $770,000 contract that includes a team option for next season. Curtiss will not pitch this year as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery and has been placed on the 60-day disabled list. Curtiss, 29, played 41 games, mostly on relief, for Miami and Milwaukee last season and threw a 3.45 ERA.

Travis Blankehorn was singled out for an assignment to create space on the 40-man roster.

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