Scherzer turned ankle in celebration, scratched from start
Max Scherzer’s right shoulder is fine. He threw off flat ground Tuesday with no sign of trouble in his troublesome deltoid muscle.
That’s his good news. The worse news for him is that he twisted his right ankle slightly in the Tigers’ on-field celebration, and won’t pitch on Wednesday after all.
“This is a slightly twisted ankle, swollen,” manager Jim Leyland said. “It doesn’t appear to be serious, but it is obviously serious enough that he won’t pitch tomorrow. That’s the only thing I can tell you.”
Leyland didn’t see the injury happen, but he was told about it.
“When people were jumping on the pile, somehow, somebody stepped on his ankle,” Leyland said.
Before that update, Leyland was hoping to not only let Scherzer start, despite the division title having already been clinched, but have him pitch five innings as a final tuneup before an expected Division Series start.
No word yet on who will start Wednesday’s regular-season finale. Drew Smyly was originally expected to start in Scherzer’s place if the game didn’t have any playoff implications, but Leyland said Tuesday that Smyly will only pitch an inning, so he’s out. With no other pitchers stretched out long enough, it might end up being a bullpen start.