Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom moving closer to return with the New York Mets

NEW YORK – Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom are moving closer to a return for the National League’s East-leading Mets.

Scherzer, who injured his left oblique while pitching against St. Louis on May 18, returned to New York after rehabbing in Florida and threw in the outfield at Citi Field before Tuesday night’s series opener against Milwaukee.

The 37-year-old right-hander, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, is expected to throw a simulated game Thursday. Scherzer said he’s not ready to put a timetable on when he might return to the active roster.

“The way to describe this injury, the rehab of this, half the battle’s getting back to 90% and then the second half of this battle’s from 90% to 100%,” Scherzer said. “With the trainers here, we’ve done a great job of getting back to 90%, but I’m still in a fight there to try to get to 100%. We’ve done a good job to get to this point, but I’ve still got a lot in front of me. “

DeGrom, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, missed the second half of last season because of a right elbow injury and hasn’t pitched this year because of a stress reaction in his right scapula. The 33-year-old right-hander threw 30 pitches Tuesday in his fourth bullpen session.