Max Scherzer: Latest Updates on Tigers SP's Shoulder Fatigue

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 7, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 1 at 11:05 a.m. ET

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports Scherzer will probably return to the Tigers rotation for Game 4 of the team's first playoff series. That's assuming the Tigers are able to hold off the White Sox to clinch a postseason berth, of course.

Max Scherzer's next start likely will be Game 4 of the AL Division series. He's confident he'll be ready for postseason #Tigers

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 1, 2012

Scherzer, who sports a 3.82 ERA, has been sidelined by arm issues, but has apparently made enough progress to believe he can help the Tigers in the playoffs. Throwing him right into the postseason fire isn't the ideal option, but Detroit doesn't have much choice assuming he's healthy.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11:35 a.m. ET

Scherzer has been scratched from his start on Friday due to ongoing arm problems, according to Jason Beck of The Tigers starter won't throw again until he's back to full strength, meaning there's no concrete timetable for his return to the rotation.

Beck reports it could end the pitcher's season and even Scherzer himself didn't sound confident he would make it back to the mound in 2012.

"It’s just tough to say. I want to be able to, but at the same time, when you have a recurring injury like this, you can’t go back on the mound until you’re 100 percent."

The Tigers aren't going to rush him back, either. They aren't going to risk his future even though the team is battling the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central title. All Detroit can do is help some extra rest causes the pain to go away quickly.

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Update: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 10:03 p.m. ET

The good news is that Scherzer's injury doesn't appear to be serious, per Jon Morosi of

Morosi tweeted on Tuesday:

Max Scherzer has no structural damage. He will not throw for a couple days, will be analyzed from there.

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 19, 2012

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer left Tuesday's game against the Oakland Athletics with right shoulder fatigue, according to Jon Morosi of

Morosi tweeted on Tuesday:

Scherzer right shoulder fatigue, will undergo MRI.

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 18, 2012


This is certainly a bad time for this to flare up for Scherzer. Not only are the Tigers 5.5 games back for a Wild Card spot in the American League, they are facing the Athletics, who lead the Wild Card race.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 16-6 with a 3.78 ERA and 1.27 WHIP headed into Tuesday's matchup in Detroit. He had compiled 224 strikeouts in just 178.2 innings this season. He was even better after the All-Star break, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.61 ERA.

With the Tigers already on the outside looking in, if Scherzer is forced to miss time, it could be crippling for the squad. Despite the efforts of Scherzer and Justin Verlander, the Tigers have posted a starters' ERA of 3.93 this season.

The Tigers, who are three games behind the Chicago White Sox, were largely expected to capture the AL Central this season after the signing of slugger Prince Fielder in the offseason. They have scored the ninth-most runs in Major League Baseball.

Including Tuesday's game, the Tigers have 16 games to right the ship. With Scherzer aboard, there was still hope. 

Now, Detroit must wait for the MRI results and hope nothing is too serious. Otherwise, a club highly touted before the season could miss the playoffs altogether.

The good news for Detroit?

The Tigers play the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins twice each before the end of the regular season.


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