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Max Scherzer withdrew from injured list after six perfect innings

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MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers
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Mets ace Max Scherzer returned from a 15-day stint on the injured list Monday night in Milwaukee and he was spot on. In the baseball sense, that statement is literal. Scherzer threw six perfect innings before being ejected from the game by manager Buck Showalter.

The last line on the return journey: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K, 68 pitches

Again, it was 18 batters left and 18 batters down for Scherzer, three innings away from his first perfect game of his career. He has thrown two no-hitters, but both times he faced 28 hitters instead of the minimum of 27.

Some may focus on Scherzer who pulled off with a perfect play after 68 pitches, but he returned from an oblique injury. He missed six weeks earlier this season with the same injury and he is also 38 years old. Plus, the Mets are in a battle for the NL East title and have designs on a deep October run.

All this means that for the rest of the season, Scherzer’s health – hopefully through November, from the Mets’ perspective – will surpass any individual pursuit in a single game here.

Through that lens, Scherzer’s return was hugely successful.

Tylor Megill relieved Scherzer and he also came off the injured list. He had been out since mid-June with a shoulder injury. Things didn’t go well for Megill, as he allowed the Brewers to make the no-hit bid, then gave up a two-run homerun to Rowdy Tellez.

As such, the Mets will not throw a combined perfect play or no-hitter. The headline here is that Scherzer was absolutely dominant in his return and looked set to finish the season strong.

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