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Max Scherzer injures ankle during celebration

Oct 2, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

Max Scherzer AP

Tigers starter Max Scherzer, already nursing a sore shoulder in recent weeks, won’t pitch Wednesday as planned after injuring his right ankle during the Tigers’ on-field celebration Monday.

Manager Jim Leyland wanted to make it clear that it was an injury that took place on the field after the Tigers clinched the AL Central and not later after the champagne started flowing.

“Somebody jumping on the pile stepped on his ankle,” Leyland said. “This is legit. This is exactly how it happened.”

Scherzer missed his last start because of shoulder soreness, and the Tigers wanted to get him a few innings tomorrow as a tuneup for the ALDS. Now it appears that he’ll go into the ALDS cold. However, early word is that he will be available to start during the series. If Scherzer can’t go, then Rick Porcello would likely join Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez in the postseason rotation.

  1. randygnyc - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    What??? Really?? That’s even more ridiculous than kendry’s injury, although not nearly as severe. MLB gotta get rid of the dog piles.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Every time someone hits a walkoff HR, I start to cringe as they approach home plate. You’d think just one guy (Morales) injuries his leg, and subsequently missing almost two years of baseball, would be enough to prevent anyone else from thinking of jumping on the plate. But noooo….

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Should MLB ban them? I don’t think so. If these overgrown little boys aren’t bright enough to keep from maiming themselves in celebrations, then they get what they get. As they said on Saturday Night Live lo those many years ago, “Support the right to be stupid.”

  2. historiophiliac - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM


  3. schlom - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    That’s nothing! Jake Peavy broke a rib celebrating the Padres division title in 2005.

  4. jamezz23 - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Max goes hard!

  5. deathmonkey41 - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    And this is why the Astros have that mandate about not winning anything!!!

  6. Brian Donohue - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Earlier this season I saw Chipper hit a walkoff HR (forget when and against who) and I watched as he approached home: he was waving his arms downward and pointing at his knees, as if to calm the mob down. It worked: the celebration was as restrained a walkoff party as I’ve seen in recent years. Maybe you have to be old, injured, and immensely respected to avoid that risk nowadays.

  7. xjokerz - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    HORRIBLE Scherzer is to injured to pitch but not to injured to be a moron jumping around on the field? who are you kendry morales? players never learn..

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