Scherzer throws, expects to start on Sunday
The Tigers, manager Jim Leyland in particular, are staying cautious about Max Scherzer’s status for Sunday against the Twins. After a throwing session off flat ground in the Comerica Park outfield on Friday, though, Scherzer sounded fairly confident he’ll be able to go.
He’ll have one more throwing session Saturday, when he’ll throw all his pitches to make sure there’s no discomfort, before Leyland makes his final decision. The way he felt Friday, though, Scherzer isn’t expecting problems.
“I’m expecting I should be able to make the start, seeing how my arm is responded to the treatment and the medicine,” Scherzer said. “I’m getting the inflammation out. This wasn’t a structural damage thing. This was just inflammation. After talking to doctors and realizing there’s no structural damage, I don’t have any fears or anything about hurting my arm any further. For me right now, it feels like the inflammation’s out, so my arm feels good.”
Friday’s throwing session lasted about five minutes. Scherzer tried to duplicate his delivery to make sure he didn’t feel anything around the deltoid area where he had problems last time out. It wasn’t a long session, but it was enough to leave him encouraged.
Leyland said he will not do anything to risk Scherzer’s arm.
“I’ll have to be totally convinced by our medical team,” he said.
To that point, Leyland said he’ll have Drew Smyly on hold for the next couple days until they know whether they’ll need him to start Sunday. Smyly threw Thursday afternoon, entering with a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning, but it basically amounted to a mound session like he would normally do before a start. He’ll throw a little bit before the games this weekend, but nothing extensive.