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The Mets rotation only has to survive three more days without one of their co-aces.

Max Scherzer said he will start for the Mets on Tuesday against the Reds at Cincinnati. Scherzer will come off the injured list roughly seven weeks after he sustained a left oblique strain in the middle of his May 18 start against the Cardinals at Citi Field.

“I have a much better grasp of what this is,” said Scherzer of his oblique tear. “Definitely crossed that six-week timeline, so you feel a lot more confident in what you have with the injury. Now it’s starting to be in my rearview mirror. I’m able to really start getting after it here.”

He is expected to throw around six innings and 90 pitches on Tuesday. Scherzer said he feels 100 percent back to normal, with no physical limitations when he plays. He threw 80 pitches and 4.2 innings on Wednesday in his second and final rehab start for Double-A Binghamton.

Scherzer will return to the Mets rotation before Jacob deGrom, who has been rehabbing from a stress reaction on his right scapula since spring training in the last week of March. DeGrom is likely to join the starting staff sometime in the second half, after the July 18 All-Star break.

Since Scherzer landed on the IL in May, the Mets’ 24-14 record is second-best in the National League, behind only the Braves (26-11). Overall, the Mets entered Friday 3.5 games ahead of Atlanta for first place in the NL East. Scherzer was quick to point out the two pitchers who helped the Mets get to that point.

“Let’s give some guys some credit here,” Scherzer said. “They’ve played some really good baseball during this whole period. Trevor Williams is throwing the ball extremely well for us. David Peterson is throwing the ball extremely well for us and giving us quality innings. It’s guys like that that deserve a lot of credit for how well we’re playing and then you’re getting contributions up and down the lineup as well. The team’s in a good spot.”

The seven weeks Scherzer will have spent on the IL is the longest period he’s been sidelined in-season during his 15-year career. Scherzer told the Daily News, unlike other injuries he’s previously sustained, he blames himself for the oblique strain because he didn’t tell the Mets training staff about it the moment that he first felt the pain. He pitched through his left-side discomfort for about four innings on May 18 against the Cardinals, believing the pain would go away.

In the sixth inning, Scherzer called trainers to the mound and pulled himself out of his start. Scherzer said he waited that long to tell the team because he dealt with a similar injury in the same spot last year, while pitching for the Nationals on May 8, 2021 against the Yankees in the Bronx. Then, he felt the pinch in his left side and pitched through the outing. Scherzer was back on the mound five days later for his next start, having felt better and avoiding any time missed.

“So I had the experience of navigating that,” Scherzer told the News. “So that’s why I didn’t tell anyone. I thought I knew what the worst-case scenario was, and I didn’t miss a start. This time, I cost myself seven weeks. This is the first time where this injury is 100 percent on me.”

Scherzer said he will be maintaining his oblique injury for the rest of his career. Any time he has suffered an injury, whether small or large, the ace has added that physical ailment to the list of areas he must strengthen in the weight room. In that way, Scherzer has for the most part been able to maintain his long career with Hall of Fame results no matter his age.

The 37-year-old signed a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets in December. Scherzer went 5-1 over eight starts and recorded a team-best 2.54 ERA with 59 strikeouts across 49.2 innings for the Mets. He is expected to complete three more starts for the Amazin’s before the All-Star break.


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Eagles Start Making Roster Cuts: Former Top Draft Pick Gone

Getty Eagles receivers John Hightower and JJ Arcega-Whiteside celebrate a play versus the Jets in a preseason game.

Tight end J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was surprisingly missing from Sunday’s practice. The Philadelphia Eagles listed his absence as “not injury related” on the injury report. Immediately, the rumors started flying about his future with the team.

The first roster cutdown date is August 16, from 90 players to 85. Did the Eagles decide to get a jump start? Several reports are saying they did. Crossing Broad’s Kevin Kinkead said Arcega-Whiteside is “gone.” The Philly Pod’s Victor Williams was working to confirm that JJAW’s “time is up in Philadelphia.”

Mystery source has a good track record. Had the Steven Nelson signing and a couple of other nuggets last year.

— Kevin Kinkead (@Kevin_Kinkead) August 14, 2022

The Eagles haven’t confirmed the Arcega-Whiteside reports. The team did announce that tackle/guard William Dunkle and linebacker Ali Fayad had been released. The roster officially stands at 88 players.

Arcega-Whiteside had been considered a long shot to make the final roster. The 25-year-old was trying to crack the 53 as a tight end after bulking up in the offseason. The former standout wide receiver at Stanford was the 57th overall pick in 2019. He has 16 career receptions for 290 yards and a touchdown in 40 games.

Working to confirm but early word is that JJAW’s time is up in Philadelphia.

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He was out of practice today designated as “not injury related.”

— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) August 14, 2022

Meanwhile, the converted receiver only saw eight total snaps in the preseason opener. And Arcega-Whiteside dropped his lone target against the New York Jets. The writing was on the wall throughout training camp as he attempted to transition from the only position he had known.

“It’s going pretty well,” Arcega-Whiteside told reporters, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “The more reps the better. Just trying to get better every day, and there’s going to be a day where everything comes second nature. It’s not easy when you’ve played a position for 10 years, 12 years. I’ve played receiver since I was a kid.”

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Britain Covey Dealing with Thumb Sprain

Britain Covey has been turning heads at camp as a 5-foot-8, 173-pound sparkplug with good hands and fast wheels. He’s shown to be a reliable target in the slot (Julian Edelman vibes) and a speedy option on punt returns. Covey is stating a case to snake a roster spot at receiver.

Britain Covey and Jalen Reagor practice catching punts

— Chris Franklin (@cfranklinnews) August 14, 2022

Now he’s hurt. The Utah product was limited at Sunday’s practice due to a thumb sprain. Covey picked up the injury during Friday’s preseason loss. He is considered day to day, according to head coach Nick Sirianni.

“He’s limited today. He can do a lot of things, like he’s a good punt returner, he can play in the slot or sometimes he can play outside,” Sirianni told reporters. “But he has a sprain. He said torn ligaments and that’s not what it is.”

Eagles Missing 10 Players at Practice

The Eagles were down 10 players at Sunday’s practice, including Miles Sanders. The starting running back was dealing with some leg soreness (via The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane). It doesn’t appear to be serious, although he was wearing a sleeve on his right leg.  Kenny Gainwell (hip) and DeVonta Smith (groin) both returned to the field.

Boston Scott – concussion
Greg Ward – toe
Brittain Covey – thumb
John Hightower – groin
Jimmy Moreland – ankle

— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 14, 2022

One other interesting tidbit: Andre Dillard left practice early after instigating two fights. Dillard and Derek Barnett wrestled each other to the ground on one competitive rep, then he got into a tiff with Patrick Johnson who ripped Dillard’s helmet off. The Eagles sent him to the showers out of precaution. Remember, Dillard had just returned from the concussion protocol.

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