The New York Mets have been one of the biggest surprises in the MLB this season. Entering play Wednesday night, they are 41-22, atop the National League East and best record in the league. What has made that so impressive has been the fact that the Mets have won without Jacob DeGrom all season and Max Scherzer for much of it.

On Wednesday, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal updated the injury status of both aces.

DeGrom is still on track for a return in July. He will be throwing his fifth bullpen session on Friday. This particular one is different as he will take time during the session to simulate inning breaks. Assuming that goes well, the Mets ace will then be sent out for three to five rehab starts. There have been no setbacks and the progression is what New York had hoped for to this point.

Scherzer, on the other hand, is in a bit trickier situation. He is dealing with an oblique strain, which tend to linger or flare up. The Mets righty is slated to throw a simulated game on Thursday. Following that, he is likely to be sent for a rehab start. It was initially reported that he would only need one rehab start and could be back later in June. But that does not sound like the case any longer.

As Rosenthal put it: “Best case scenario is late June. But I suspect probably longer than that.”

The fact of the matter is oblique injuries require patience. The last thing Mets fans want is a setback while ramping up.

If everything goes swimmingly, after the All-Star break, New York could have a healthy three-headed monster of DeGrom, Scherzer and Zach Wheeler. Good luck scoring runs on that 3-man rotation.