Due to neck spasms, Mets ace Max Scherzer was forced to leave the game against the Reds. David Peterson was then brought up.

Tuesday, Scherzer said he hoped to miss just “a couple of days.”

Due to neck spasms, New York Mets ace Max Scherzer will not start Tuesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, according to the team. While the Mets did send right-handed reliever Jimmy Yacabonis on the shelf in order to make room for left-handed David Peterson, Scherzer was not added to the injured list. It should be emphasized that Peterson will start in Scherzer’s place on Tuesday night against the Reds.

“that’s simple to get frustrated by that, but in the end, I accomplished nothing. It wasn’t like I was acting foolishly or whatever, Scherzer said to reporters on Tuesday. He added that he anticipated being gone for a “couple of days” as he recovered from the neck spasms, which he initially noticed on Monday morning. Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals is when Scherzer will take the next turn in the rotation. He probably won’t know his situation until closer to the weekend.

 

The 38-year-old Scherzer has had an interesting, if not particularly successful, season thus far. He has pitched five times and has a 5.56 ERA (76 ERA+) with a 2.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Since serving a 10-game suspension for breaking Major League Baseball’s rules on grip-improving drugs, he has made one start. Not well at all. Instead, in what was meant to be a triumphant return to a familiar haunt, Scherzer allowed six runs on eight hits over three and a third innings against the Detroit Tigers.

The “south” of his scapula, or shoulder blade, has been bothering Scherzer, who recently mentioned it.

Don’t break, Scherzer advised, according to the New York Post. “I’m trying my hardest to resist joining the IL. I’m trying everything I can to get through this. But since you’re in the major leagues, nobody will notice if you get hurt. I understand that you have to perform in front of an audience.

Noting that Scherzer has previously been withdrawn from games due to neck spasms may be important. He had to cancel a World Series appearance that was set for 2019 while playing with the Nationals.

Peterson was scheduled to start for Syracuse, a Triple-A affiliate of New York, but the Mets decided against it earlier on Tuesday. This season, Peterson has already made six starts for the big-league team, pitching 30 2/3 innings with a 7.34 ERA (58 ERA+) and a 3.60 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

With a dismal 17-18 record overall heading into Tuesday, the Mets are seven games down of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. Maintaining a healthy rotation has likely been the Mets’ biggest challenge; their planned rotation of Scherzer, Justin Verlander, José Quintana, Kodai Senga, and Carlos Carrasco has combined to start just 15 of the team’s first 35 games.