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Max Scherzer departs start with right shoulder fatigue

Sep 18, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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Troubling news here for the second-place Tigers.

Max Scherzer, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past few months, was removed from his start Tuesday night against the A’s because of right shoulder fatigue. An MRI has already been scheduled, indicating that the Tigers medical staff believes the matter might be serious.

Scherzer yielded one earned run in two innings before making his early exit, fanning four. Those results included, he has a 3.78 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 224/57 K/BB ratio through 178 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Detroit entered play Tuesday trailing the White Sox by three games in the American League Central.

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UPDATE, 9:59 PM: According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the MRI ruled out structural damage. Scherzer won’t throw for several days but he did not suffer a major injury.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Hope that rest rather than an operation is what is needed. He had been pitching extremely well in the second half of the season.

  2. rhett16 - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Verlander can just pitch everyday, right?

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