It's been a rough postseason for Max Scherzer, who clearly hasn't had his best stuff after recently missing over a month with a shoulder injury. Scherzer struggled in both of his ALCS starts against the Houston Astros, finishing the series with more runs allowed (7) than innings pitched (6 2/3).
The 39-year-old appeared on his way to redeeming himself in Game 3 of the World Series, battling through 3 scoreless innings. Unfortunately, his night was cut short by a back injury that was clearly hampering him as he attempted to warm up to start the fourth inning.
Max Scherzer Injury Update
Scherzer exited and was replaced by Jon Gray, who followed him up with 3 scoreless innings of his own.
After the game, Scherzer provided some additional clarity on his injury.
Scherzer said that his injury is a back spasm rather than a back strain. Spasms are fairly common for players and not as serious as strains, which take longer to heal. Scherzer said that he's dealt with back spasms before and has typically been good to go after two or three days.
That's encouraging news for the Rangers. If Scherzer's injury heals as expected, he'd be able to pitch again later in the series if needed, either out of the bullpen in Game 6 or starting Game 7 if the series goes that far.
Scherzer is a true competitor and always wants to do whatever he can to help his team win. Even if he's hurting and can only pitch an inning or two, he'll still probably make himself available and try to tough it out.
Assuming his body cooperates, we may not have seen the last of Scherzer in this series.
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