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Mets place Max Scherzer on injured list

The New York Mets received a temporary blow on Wednesday as the team placed starting pitcher Max Scherzer on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to September 4) with left oblique irritation.

Scherzer spoke to the media right after the announcement and downplayed the severity of his injury. The right-hander said he expects to come off the injured list as soon as he is eligible, which is September 19.

The 38-year-old suffered the injury during his last outing against the Washington Nationals. Scherzer tossed five innings of one-run ball before exiting the game.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA over 127 2/3 innings this season.