MLB: Max Scherzer to miss six to eight weeks with left oblique injury

Already deprived of Jacob deGrom, the New York Mets will now have to do without Max Scherzer for a period of six to eight weeks.

The right-hander suffers from a moderate to high grade internal sprain in the left oblique, the club announced on Thursday.

On Wednesday night, Scherzer left the game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 6th inning on a pitch served to Albert Pujols. Almost immediately, he called coach Joe Golia, who came to the mound with manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. The group conferred for a few moments before Scherzer left with Golia.

With Scherzer on the sidelines for an extended period and two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, as well as Tylor Megill already on the disabled list, the Mets face a stern test of their depth.

The rest of the Mets rotation includes Chris Bassitt, Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker, with David Peterson and Trevor Williams as depth options.

The 37-year-old right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts after signing a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets. Scherzer, who appeared in eight career All-Star games, struck out 59 and walked 11 in 49 2/3 innings on the mound.

The Mets started Thursday with a six-game cushion at the top of the National League East Division.

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