Scherzer will start day game Sunday, Smyly in nightcap
Max Scherzer is back in line in the Tigers rotation. He threw for about 10 minutes Saturday afternoon and felt fine with all his pitches, so he’ll start Sunday’s afternoon game against the Twins.
“Everything felt good,” Scherzer said. “My arm warmed up quick. My arm felt 100 percent. I was able to throw every pitch.”
Drew Smyly will start Sunday night. Rick Porcello, who went from starting on Friday to being on standby in case Scherzer wasn’t ready, will now essentially have his spot skipped this turn. He’ll start Wednesday against the Royals.
By skipping Porcello instead of simply moving everybody back, manager Jim Leyland keeps his rotation in order for the stretch run. As long as Scherzer’s healthy, he stays in line to make two more starts after Sunday, including the regular-season finale Oct. 3 in Kansas City.