New York Mets ace pitcher Max Scherzer recently suffered a dog bite injury to his pitching hand. Nonetheless, Scherzer says the injury won’t impact his recovery from an oblique muscle strain.
Scherzer has been resting after the oblique injury since May 18. Baseball fans did not expect his return until the end of June. News of the dog bite injury raised questions about whether Scherzer’s return would be postponed further.
In a June 4 tweet, Scherzer confirmed that his dog Rafi “bit my right hand” as Scherzer tried to help her with a leg injury. He also announced that he was back to pitching after only one day of rest. “This will have no effect on my rehab,” Scherzer reassured fans.
Scherzer’s incident is the second notable injury case for a New York Mets player. Shortstop Francisco Lindor also suffered an injury recently when his right hand was caught in a hotel door, resulting in a fractured middle finger.
The circumstances of Scherzer’s dog bite are surprisingly common. The CDC estimates that in 77 percent of dog bite cases, the biting dog belongs to the victim’s family or a friend. In 80 percent of cases, the bite occurs while the victim is at home.
While some bites are mild, others cause severe injury. The shock of a dog bite, as well as pain, functional damage, and scarring can combine to turn a dog bite into a difficult and terrifying experience.
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, don’t wait: Talk to an experienced dog bite injury lawyer. The legal team at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg can help you understand your options and choose the next step for you and your family.