Scherzer scratched, Below making spot start
Max Scherzer is back from the memorial service for his brother that he attended Sunday. However, he is not back to health. Thus, he will not be starting Tuesday as scheduled, and Duane Below will make a spot start in his place.
Here’s what happened: Scherzer was doing his day-after-start running Friday on the track at Tropicana Field when he felt tightness in his hamstring (not sure which). He was leaving Saturday to go home, so the Tigers left it alone until he returned. He threw Monday and still felt it, so team officials decided not to risk making it worse. He’s expected to start on turn Sunday to close out the first half.
Below hasn’t pitched since June 27, so he’s fresh. However, he hasn’t been stretched out lately. That outing in Texas lasted 41 pitches over 2 2/3 innings. He’ll also be pitching in some serious heat, judging by the forecast.
Between those factors and a bullpen that had to eat innings with Doug Fister chased after four-plus innings, the Tigers are adding two relievers. Right-hander Jose Ortega is being recalled from Triple-A Toledo, and the Tigers will purchase left-hander Darin Downs’ contract from there as well.
To make room, the Tigers optioned out reliever Luis Marte, who threw 50 pitches Monday in relief of Fister and wouldn’t have been available for at least a couple days, and infielder Danny Worth, who hasn’t started a game since June 15. The Tigers will remove a minor-league player from their 40-man roster Tuesday to create a spot for Downs.