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Mets facing Max Scherzer return timeline question

The baseball gods have given Mets fans Steve Cohen, and Showalter, and M-V-Pete Alonso, and a professional outfit that has been taught how to play winning baseball … a mentally tough, resilient team that has weathered the absences of Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom.

But it is not lost on the Mets fan that the defending World Series champion Braves have conceded nothing, and are forever lurking not terribly far behind their Boys of Summer.

You can’t blame them for pleading: HURRY BACK, MAX.

And, following his 65-pitch rehab start in Binghamton on Tuesday night, you can’t blame Scherzer for expressing a burning desire to hurry back.

He isn’t one who is content collecting on his three-year, $130 million contract unless he is driven to chase a World Series, and he can’t do that in Binghamton.

Showalter will make the call on whether Scherzer should be summoned to pitch in Miami on Sunday or whether the left oblique he strained on May 19 is better served waiting a turn.

“I want to be in the big leagues,” Scherzer said after Tuesday’s rehab start, “not be a Rumble Pony.”

Max Scherzer had a 65-pitch rehab start in Binghamton.
Max Scherzer had a 65-pitch rehab start in Binghamton.
Gordon Donovan