Mets’ rotation takes another hit with Tylor Megill shut down a month
As the Mets wait for the return of co-aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, their starting rotation has absorbed another hit.
Tylor Megill was shut down Friday with a right shoulder strain, landing the righty on the injured list for the second time this season. He will be reevaluated in four weeks, the Mets announced before their game against the Marlins at Citi Field.
“They’re gathering all of the information about what steps to take, but they know that it’s a minimum of four [weeks],” manager Buck Showalter said before the Mets’ 10-4 win over the Marlins. “I’m hoping on the 29th day that he’s throwing, but I don’t know yet. I think that would be good news.
“When you’re talking about a shoulder, I gotta tell ya, I almost, when I heard the four weeks, I was actually kind of upbeat about it, when you exit with that injury. So hopefully we can get the four weeks behind us and he feels good. We’ll take some steps and see what other things we can possibly do to speed up the process.”
The 26-year-old Megill underwent an MRI exam on Friday after he left his start Thursday night against the Brewers in the fourth inning with what the team originally said was shoulder discomfort.
Megill also was sidelined for about four weeks, beginning May 11, with biceps inflammation, but Showalter doesn’t believe the injuries are related.
“I don’t think so. Whatever might be out there theory-wise or whatever, I try not to read any of that stuff,” he said. “But you can multiply it times two of what we’ve looked at internally on all of our pitchers.
“I think sometimes it comes back to just being not a normal thing to do to your body, put your arm over your head and jerk it down violently every fifth day for 100 times. That’s why softball pitchers stay pretty healthy and the Good Lord has us walk around with our arms at our side. We look at it as not being that simple, and if something else is going on there. But our performance people and [pitching coach] Jeremy [Hefner] and his staff will continue to look at it in some way to get ahead of it.
Megill opened the season as the Mets’ fill-in No. 5 starter after deGrom began the year on the injured list with a stress reaction in his right scapula.
Megill has gone 4-2 with a 5.01 ERA in nine appearances, but he gave up six earned runs in 6 ²/₃ innings over two starts since returning from the IL on June 10.
Scherzer has been sidelined since May 19 with a strained left oblique, but he’s expected to return ahead of deGrom, whose latest bullpen session Friday “went well,” according to Showalter.
Scherzer threw 50 pitches in a three-inning simulated game on Thursday. The next step could be a minor league rehab assignment early next week.
In the meantime, the Mets likely will use David Peterson and Trevor Williams in the rotation behind their three scheduled starters this weekend against the Marlins: Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker and Chris Bassitt. Right-hander Adonis Medina also was recalled Friday from Triple-A Syracuse, while veteran righty Tommy Hunter was selected and added to the major league roster.