Mets pitcher Max Scherzer scratched from Tuesday’s start due to neck spasms

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Max Scherzer will miss Tuesday's start against the Reds because of neck spasms. (Photo by Duane Burleson / Getty Images)

New York Mets starter Max Scherzer can't catch a break. The team announced hours before their game against the Cincinnati Reds that Scherzer had been scratched since early Tuesday due to neck spasms.

The Mets called up lefty David Peterson to start in Scherzer's place.

This is another disappointing development for Scherzer this season. After giving up 8 earned runs in his first two starts, Scherzer went scoreless on April 10 against the San Diego Padres.

He got off to a strong start against his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, before being pulled from the contest after three innings after umpires suspected Scherzer was using an illegal substance to better grip the ball. was kicked out. Scherzer received a 10-game suspension for his actions.

Scherzer returned on Wednesday against the Tigers, but only allowed 6 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

It is unclear how long Scherzer will be sidelined due to the neck problem.

This story will be updated.