Leyland leaves open possibility of using Scherzer in relief
So yeah, turns out Max Scherzer COULD pitch in this game today. It won’t be as a starter, though.
Leyland said this afternoon that Scherzer could be a reliever in Game 4, depending on how he feels when he gets to the ballpark and throws. Essentially, he could cover setup innings in the seventh and eighth to carry a lead to closer Joaquin Benoit.
“He might be able to pitch a couple innings if necessary,” Leyland said. “I would tend to lean on the cautious side with that.”
If Scherzer pitches in this game, Justin Verlander would start a potential Game 5 in Oakland on his regular four days’ rest. If Scherzer doesn’t pitch today, he’ll start Game 5, and Verlander could potentially pitch in relief, Leyland said.