New York Mets right-hander Max Scherzer was bitten by a dog on his pitching hand, the three-time Cy Young winner confirmed via social media Saturday.
The New York Post originally reported the bite.
Scherzer, who was off to a 5-1 start (2.54 ERA) this season before going on the injured list with a left oblique strain May 19, said on Twitter that the new injury, inflicted by his dog Rafi, cost him a day of throwing but will have no effect on his rehab, which is still expected to take six to eight weeks in total.
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) June 4, 2022
If the dog bite or any other potential setbacks don’t cause any slowdown, the 37-year-old should make his return sometime in July.
Scherzer, who inked a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets last fall, is an eight-time All-Star and had quickly become a key fixture in the Mets’ rotation.
Scherzer has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Mets over a 15-year career. He is 195-98 with a 3.15 ERA and 3,079 strikeouts in 415 games (406 starts).
–Field Level Media