September 27th, 2012

Thursday: Tigers vs. Royals

Almost forgot about this after the Scherzer announcement.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Quintin Berry, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Andy Dirks, RF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Omar Infante, 2B

P: Doug Fister

ROYALS

  1. David Lough, CF
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS
  3. Alex Gordon, LF
  4. Billy Butler, DH
  5. Salvador Perez, C
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  8. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  9. Johnny Giavotella, 2B

P: Luis Mendoza

Scherzer scratched, Smyly on Friday

The shoulder fatigue that knocked Max Scherzer out of a start last week and held down his fastball in his last start on Sunday has now put the rest of his season in question. Scherzer has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday in Minnesota with what is now described as a deltoid strain, and he won’t pick up a ball to throw again until his arm is better.

Scherzer said he aggravated the injury during a side session Tuesday. He threw enough to loosen up the arm to throw his side session, but felt it tighten up after that.

“My arm was still recovering from my start, and I was able to throw my pen,” Scherzer said. “But after that, I lost my range of motion that I had gained by loosening it up.”

Asked if he believed he would make another start before the end of the regular season, Scherzer said, “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.”

Scherzer said he won’t be able to pick up a ball until his arm feels fully healthy. He said he was pain-free when he started on Sunday despite having been knocked out after two innings last Tuesday.

Drew Smyly will start in Scherzer’s place on Friday in Minnesota. Presumably, if Scherzer can’t go, Smyly would start the regular-season finale Wednesday in Kansas City.

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