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Texas Ranger star pitcher Max Scherzer to miss rest of season

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

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Devastating news came out earlier today on Texas Ranger star pitcher Max Scherzer as it’s been reported he’ll miss the remainder of the season with a low-grade strain of his right teres major muscle, located in the upper arm, Rangers general manager Chris Young announced on Wednesday.

It is highly improbable Scherzer will return in time for the postseason, as the Rangers currently are 2nd in the AL West with an (80-64) record behind only the Houston Astros in their division, and a top-five overall record in the American League.

Scherzer has been solid this season, throwing for 174 strikeouts (23rd), an ERA of 3.77 (25th), and a whip of 1.12 (14th) at the advanced age of 39.

Young said it is “unlikely” Scherzer, who was placed on the 15-day injured list, pitches in the postseason if the Rangers make it, but they will continue to evaluate his situation. They do not expect surgery to be necessary.

“It’s certainly bad news today,” Young said. “We're very sorry for Max, obviously. It’s the last thing he wanted; he’s such a competitor and he was pitching great last night when this happened. I hate to see this for him, most importantly. From a team standpoint, this team has shown a ton of resolve all season long."

The Rangers have been smeared by injuries all season to their All-Star players from shortstop Corey Seager (hamstring), right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom (right elbow), and right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (right forearm strain) to name a few.

The three-time Cy Young Winner was acquired earlier in the season from the New York Mets where he has since posted a 3.20 ERA in eight starts with the Rangers.

The Rangers will now look to rookie pitcher Cody Bradford, and veterans Andrew Heaney and Martin Perez.

The Rangers will now look to play without the future Hall of Fame pitcher and hope he can make some type of return by the time the postseason rolls around.


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