Max Scherzer scratched from Friday start with more shoulder problems

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So much for Max Scherzer being past his shoulder fatigue.

After skipping a start last week he rejoined the Tigers’ rotation Sunday with a decent five-inning outing against the Twins, but now Scherzer has been scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled start.

Scherzer’s fastball velocity was down versus Minnesota and the right-hander told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he had some discomfort and “lost my range of motion” following a between-starts bullpen session.

There’s no timetable for when he’ll throw again, let alone when he’ll start again, and now the Tigers are calling the injury a strained deltoid rather than merely shoulder fatigue. Drew Smyly will start in his place this weekend and now even if the Tigers can hang onto the AL Central lead they may be without their second-best pitcher in the playoffs.