Mets injuries and roster moves

Staff report


Keep track of the Mets’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

Sept. 14: RHP Max Scherzer strikes out seven in rehab start
Scherzer, who is bidding to return from the injured list as soon as he’s eligible on Monday, allowed one run over 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Syracuse. He struck out seven, walked one and threw 59 pitches.

Assuming Scherzer comes out of the start without any lingering issues related to his sore left oblique muscle, he should be able to pitch for the Mets in Milwaukee.

RHP Max Scherzer (left oblique irritation)
Expected return: Sept. 19
Scherzer, who exited his Sept. 3 start after five innings due to left side soreness, hopes to miss two starts and return as soon as he’s eligible on Sept. 19. He allowed one run in a Minor League rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Sept. 14, throwing 3 2/3 innings. Scherzer called the injury unrelated to the left oblique strain that sidelined him for seven weeks earlier this season. (Last updated: Sept. 14)

RHP Drew Smith (strained right lat)
Expected return: Mid-September
Smith, who began a rehab assignment Sept. 10 for Double-A Binghamton, is scheduled to make back-to-back appearances on Sept. 16 and 17, after which the Mets will consider activating him. He was placed on the IL on July 28 and restarted a throwing program in mid-August. (Last updated: Sept. 14)

OF Starling Marte (non-displaced fracture of right middle finger)
Expected return: Late September
Marte was placed on the 10-day IL on Sept. 10, retroactive to Sept. 7. The outfielder sustained the injury when he was hit on the hand by a 96 mph fastball against the Pirates on Sept. 6. The Mets hope Marte will be able to return after the minimum 10 days on the IL, but it will depend on how quickly swelling goes down and how well he can manage any pain. Manager Buck Showalter said on Sept. 10 that the Mets need to give Marte enough time for his finger to heal to help prevent further injury. (Last updated: Sept. 11)

RHP Stephen Nogosek (left oblique strain)
Expected return: Early to mid-September
Nogosek, whom the Mets placed on the IL on Aug. 21, began a Minor League rehab assignment 10 days later and has since pitched multiple times for Triple-A Syracuse. His injury is minor, giving Nogosek a chance to return to the Majors at some point in September. He could also move back to Syracuse if there is no room on the big league club once he is healthy. (Last updated: Sept. 7)

3B Brett Baty (recovery from right thumb surgery)
Expected return: Possibly October
Baty underwent surgery Sept. 1 for a torn right thumb ligament, which he injured during an Aug. 28 game against the Rockies. Thumb UCL operations typically require about five weeks of recovery time, making it possible that Baty can still contribute in the postseason. But that would require the Mets to be on board with the idea of carrying the rookie, who has appeared in only 11 career games, on their playoff roster following an absence of more than a month. (Last updated: Sept. 1)

RHP Tylor Megill (right shoulder strain)
Expected return:
Megill had been dominant throughout a rehab assignment until he allowed five runs over two-thirds of an inning in a Sept. 13 start for Triple-A Syracuse. Mets officials were considering activating him after that start, but they decided instead to pencil him in for an additional rehab outing on Sept. 16. That one is slated to be a multi-inning affair for Megill, who has been on the IL since June 17 and will return as a reliever.  (Last updated: Sept. 14)

LHP Joey Lucchesi (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Mid-to-late September
Lucchesi began a Minor League rehab assignment with Single-A St. Lucie on Aug. 21, marking his first official game action since June 18, 2021. He has since made five additional appearances at St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, including a pair of multi-inning outings. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed that the Mets are preparing Lucchesi to return as a left-handed option out of the bullpen, but he’ll need to demonstrate a bit more consistency in the Minors — the left-hander allowed four runs in his first outing at Binghamton — before the team considers activating him. His next appearance is scheduled for Sept. 16. (Last updated: Sept. 14)

RHP Sean Reid-Foley (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
An MRI taken May 1 revealed a right UCL tear for Reid-Foley, who had departed the previous night’s game due to elbow discomfort. After receiving his test results, Reid-Foley consulted with additional doctors before deciding to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on May 10. That typically requires a 12- to 18-month rehab, putting Reid-Foley on track to return around midseason 2023. (Last updated: May 10)

RHP John Curtiss (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2023
The Mets signed Curtiss on April 6 understanding that he will miss the entire 2022 season rehabbing from Tommy John. They hold an option on his contract for 2023, so if they’re pleased with what they see, they will exercise that and make him a part of their bullpen next season. Curtiss underwent surgery last September while he was in the Brewers’ organization. (Last updated: April 7)

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