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Max Scherzer on IL with left side injury

The Mets are planning to place three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on the 15-day injured list after he exited Saturday’s start with left side fatigue.

This will be Scherzer’s second trip to the IL this season. The 38-year-old missed time in the first half with a left oblique strain.

Scherzer’s latest injury comes at a time when the Mets are engaged in a tight race with the Braves for the National League East title. The two clubs are tied atop the division after Atlanta defeated the A’s and the Mets lost to the Pirates on Tuesday, marking the first time all season the Braves have held at least a share of first place.

Signed to a three-year, $130 million contract last offseason — an MLB record deal in terms of average annual value ($43.3 million) — Scherzer has gone 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and 153 strikeouts over 127 2/3 innings in 2022.

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