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New York Mets’ Max Scherzer pulls himself together from the start with left-sided discomfort


NEW YORK — Mets ace Max Scherzer pulled out of his start Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals with what the team called left-sided discomfort.

He will have an MRI on Thursday, the team said.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner left with two outs in the sixth inning and a 1-1 count over Albert Pujols. With two runners, Scherzer threw a slider into the dirt and immediately signaled to the New York bench that he was done.

Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, manager Buck Showalter and a coach came out of the dugout to visit Scherzer on the mound. After a quick discussion, the 37-year-old right-hander left the field.

Scherzer threw 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes and came away with a 6-2 lead against his hometown team. Adam Ottavino had all the time he needed to warm up and he retired Pujols to end the set.

The Mets won 11-4.

Scherzer was unable to make his final scheduled start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year’s National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves due to a tired arm. His first start for the Mets was pushed back a day due to a hamstring issue that emerged late in spring training; otherwise, Scherzer has been healthy since signing a three-year, $130 million contract with New York in the offseason.

After a great start to the year, the Mets have been without injured ace Jacob deGrom (right shoulder blade stress reaction) all season, and he’s not expected to return until at least the end of June or July. His effective replacement, Tylor Megill, entered the 15-day injured list on Sunday with an inflammation of his right biceps.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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