The Texas Rangers, who are in the midst of post-season competition, are on high alert. This is because Max Scherzer, a pitcher with 214 wins in his career in the big leagues who won the Cy Young Award three times, cannot play in the remaining games of the regular season.
On the 14th (hereinafter referred to as Korean time), Major League Baseball’s official website ‘MLB.com’ stated, “Schuerzer will not pitch for the remainder of the season due to a sprain of his right arm muscle (teres major). It is also unknown whether he will participate in the postseason.” He said. On this day, the Texas team placed Scherzer on the injured list (IL).
Previously, Scherzer had a starting match with ‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin in the second game of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 13th.
Scherzer, who had a tense pitching battle with Ryu Hyun-jin from the beginning of the game, earned his 13th win of the season by allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, and no runs in 5⅓ innings. He showed off his power against Toronto, which had a strong hitting line. There were no flaws found in terms of content or results.
Scherzer, who ended the bottom of the first inning with a three-way strike, faced a crisis with a double and a walk with two outs and two outs in the bottom of the second, but escaped the crisis by hitting Kevin Kiermaier with a grounder. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, after a straight hit by first batter Tyler Heineman, the inning ended with consecutive base hits without allowing on base, and in the bottom of the 4th inning, there was no major crisis except for a double by Davis Schneider with 2 outs.
Scherzer, who continued his cruise, closed with a three-way strike until the bottom of the 5th inning, getting one step closer to his 13th win of the season, and the batting lineup was guarding the mound by scoring 3 runs with Robbie Grossman’s two-run gun in the top of the 4th inning and Jonah Haim’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 6th inning. It gave strength to Scherzer.
However, a problem arose that no one expected. Scherzer, who met the requirements for a winning pitcher, suddenly felt unwell during the game against Bo Bichette after grounding out leadoff hitter George Springer in the bottom of the sixth inning when the team was ahead 3-0. The team’s trainer and pitching coach Mike Maddox, who watched this, hurried to the mound.
Scherzer, who showed his determination to continue playing innings, tried to warm up with practice pitches, but his body did not respond. After checking several times, it was determined that it was impossible to throw the ball anymore, so a pitcher was replaced, and Scherzer handed the mound to the second pitcher, Jose Leclerc, and then walked to the dugout. Afterwards, local media reported that he had a problem with the muscle connecting his shoulder and arm, and Shure underwent a detailed examination.먹튀검증
Texas general manager Chris Young, who announced the news of Scherzer’s injury ahead of the game against Toronto on the 14th, sighed, saying, “Today, we have to share some definitely bad news. I feel sorry for his injury, and something unwanted has happened.” . However, General Manager Young, who left room for fall baseball, said, “Our team can still aim to advance to the postseason, and I am very proud of the team.” “At this point, it is unlikely that Scherzer will pitch in the postseason, but his physical condition is low.” “We will continue to monitor the condition. It appears that surgery will not be necessary,” he explained Scherzer’s physical condition.
Scherzer expressed hope for a recovery, saying, “On the other hand, I am relieved that (the injury) is not worse, and I will not undergo surgery. According to the doctors’ diagnosis, I expect a full recovery.”
Scherzer, who debuted on the big league stage in 2008, has achieved double-digit wins for 10 consecutive years since 2010, and also reached the 20-win mark in 2013 and 2016. Except for 2020, which was a shortened season, 10 wins every year was the standard until last year.
In addition, Scherzer has a brilliant career, including winning the American League Cy Young Award in 2013 and the National League Cy Young Award in 2016 and 2017. His career records in the big league are 457 games, 2,834⅔ innings, 214 wins, 108 losses, and an ERA of 3.15, with a whopping 3,367 strikeouts.
Scherzer, who has already won 13 games this season, has 13 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 3.77 over 27 games and 152⅔ innings. He has continued to perform consistently even after moving from the New York Mets to Texas through a trade last July.
Shure showed off his skills as well as in his prime, and expectations were high that he would be a great help to the team not only for the rest of the season but also in the post-season. As he has extensive experience in short-term warfare, it is expected that Scherzer’s presence will be a strength to his colleagues. This is why this injury is so disappointing not only for the player himself but also for the team.
Since the team is already competing for rankings, Ace’s departure is even more painful. Texas won 10-0 in an away game against Toronto on the 14th and won for the fifth time in a row, securing second place in the American League wild card. Although there are still 15 days left to play, the team achieved success as they achieved three wins in the away trip to Toronto. However, since advancement to the postseason has not been confirmed, Texas cannot help but worry about the remaining 17 games.
Texas, which must form a starting lineup without Scherzer, is expected to have four starting pitchers, Nathan Evoldi, Jordan Montgomery, John Gray, and Dane Dunning, for the time being, and a replacement starter will fill the remaining spot. With names such as Martin Perez, Andrew Heaney and Cody Bradford being mentioned, it remains to be seen whether he will fill Scherzer’s void as each game becomes more important.