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Mets push Max Scherzer’s second rehab start back

Max Scherzer’s second rehab start has been pushed back, New York Mets Manager Buck Showalter announced Tuesday.

The right-hander is expected to make his second start on Wednesday with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies at Dunkin Donuts Park against the Hartford Yard Goats. He was originally slated to start Tuesday, but the Mets felt like he needed an extra day.

“Listening to Max and watching him and everything, just felt like we had the benefit of an extra day… We’re listening to Max more than anything, and the people that have been working with him since this started… There’s no reason to rush it. We’re not gonna make that mistake. It’s not gonna affect the number of times [he pitches]. He’s right where he needs to be,” Showalter said.

“Gotta be careful,” he added. “This is an injury where if we go too fast, you’re right back to where you were again. We’re gonna take every precaution possible, and I think Max understands and appreciates it, even though it can be frustrating for guys as competitive as him.”

Scherzer threw 65 pitches in 3 1/3 innings this past Tuesday for Binghamton in his first rehab appearance since straining his left oblique on May 18.

Wednesday’s game will start at 7:05 p.m.