May 20, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT
Max Scherzer was optioned to Triple-A Toledo last weekend after opening the season with a 1-4 record, a 7.29 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP through his first eight starts. The demotion was understandable, given the Tigers’ presence near the top of the AL Central standings, but it looks like he won’t be in the minors for long.
According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Scherzer, 25, fired eight shutout innings Thursday in his first start for the Toledo MudHens, fanning 10 batters and allowing just one hit. He threw 67 of his 103 pitches for strikes and topped out at 97 MPH with his fastball.
The Tigers obviously won’t rush Scherzer back because of the way he pitched over the regular season’s first six weeks. But one or two more starts like tonight’s and he’ll be right back in Detroit.
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