Mets' Jenrry Mejia leaves start with shoulder strain

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Uh oh.

According to SNY, via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Mets youngster Jenrry Mejia was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Pirates due to an acute strain of the muscle in the back of his right shoulder.”

Mejia is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday morning at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery and is likely to be shut down for the rest of the 2010 season.  He had a similar shoulder injury while pitching in the minors earlier this year.

The 20-year-old Dominican is a promising young starter and is expected to land a gig in the Mets’ rotation next season.  He turned in a 4.62 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 22/20 K/BB ratio over 39 big-league frames this year.  Control is something that he will work on this winter, once his shoulder is back to full health.

Mejia had plans to pitch for Licey in the Dominican Winter League.  It seems likely that the Mets will cancel those plans.

Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts on the season

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out his 300th batter of the season on Tuesday night against the Marlins. Austin Dean was the victim, swinging and missing at a 3-2 curve for the second out in the seventh inning.

Scherzer’s 2018 is the seventh 300-strikeout season since 2000. The others: Chris Sale (308; 2017 Red Sox), Clayton Kershaw (301; 2015 Dodgers), Randy Johnson (334; 2002 Diamondbacks), Curt Schilling (316; 2002 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (372; 2001 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (347; 2000 Diamondbacks). It’s the 67th 300-strikeout season dating back to 1883.

At the conclusion of the seventh, Scherzer had held the Marlins to a run on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. He entered the start 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA across 213 2/3 innings. Jacob deGrom will almost certainly win the NL Cy Young Award, but Scherzer’s 2018 has been outstanding.