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Drew Smith working way back in hopes of rejoining Mets’ bullpen

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Drew Smith’s comeback to the Mets’ bullpen is starting to select up steam.

The reliever threw his first bullpen session on Sunday since happening the injured list on July 25 with a strained right lat. He felt healthy and hopes to be activated with just a few weeks left within the regular season to have enough of a runway to be sharp for the postseason.

Mets reliever Drew Smith got off to a powerful begin to the season, not allowing a run over his first 13 ¹/₃ innings.Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/Getty Images

“I personally prefer it — I would like a very good challenge and it’s definitely a very good challenge,” Smith said before the Mets lost to the Rockies 1-0. “But that’s why I’m attempting to get back with a pair weeks left within the regular season, just so I can hopefully get five to eight outings under my belt going into October. But I believe that’s also why I’m going to have a pair rehab [outings] simply to be sure all the things’s good.

“Once I do come back, I do know the adrenaline will likely be somewhat higher and all the things will likely be somewhat more amplified. So gotta be sure I’m fully able to go.”

Smith threw 15 pitches on Sunday, strictly fastballs and changeups. He’s slated to throw one other bullpen session on Wednesday, when he’ll throw 25 pitches and work in his slider and curveball.

“After that, I’m unsure,” Smith said. “I don’t know if I’ll throw one other bullpen after which a live [batting practice]. But after that, rehab task. So we’re getting close.”

Smith got off to a powerful begin to the season, not allowing a run over his first 13 ¹/₃ innings.

Over his next 25 games, though, he posted a 5.20 ERA before landing on the IL. If he can rediscover a few of that early-season form upon coming off the IL, it could be a crucial boost for the Mets bullpen.

Max Scherzer (11 strikeouts) recorded the a hundred and tenth double-digit strikeout game of his profession, pulling him right into a tie with Roger Clemens for third all-time in MLB history. It was a feat he said he would appreciate more within the offseason.

“Straight away, I got my blinders up,” Scherzer said. “I just live start to start out. This stuff are great. Those milestones are great, don’t get me incorrect. But I’m more focused on winning with the team. We’ve got larger and higher things to do. My accomplishments, I’ll worry about those within the offseason.”

The Mets are off on Monday, but Carlos Carrasco will likely be at Citi Field to throw a simulated game. It could possibly be the ultimate step in his rehab process from a strained left oblique, potentially putting him in play to start out for the Mets next weekend.

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