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.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from Wednesday afternoon’s starting lineup because he overslept and missed the scheduled report time to the ballpark. Ozuna appeared in the on-deck circle late in the game but didn’t get a chance to pinch-hit as the Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Royals in 10 innings. The lowly Royals took two of three in the series.
The Cardinals acquired Ozuna from the Marlins back in December. He hasn’t hit much for the Cardinals thus far, batting .253/.295/.331 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 190 plate appearances. He was an All-Star last year, finishing with a .312 average and a .924 OPS along with 37 homers and 124 RBI.
It’s amusing reading some of the replies to Goold’s tweet. More than a handful of Cardinals fans are upset with Ozuna for oversleeping. Who among us has not overslept for school or work? Of course, a lot of the antipathy has to do with Ozuna’s lack of hitting. If he had a .900 OPS, it would be a lot easier for fans to forgive him.