Rangers officially shut down Alex Rios

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Rangers outfielder Alex Rios hasn’t appeared in a game since September 4 due to a nagging right thumb injury, and he’s not going to be rushed back for the final week.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rios has officially been shut down for the remainder of the season, leaving him with a disappointing .280/.311/.398 slash line in 131 games. The Rangers are expected to decline his $14 million option for 2015 — paying him a $1 million buyout instead — and he’ll be an interesting free agent case at age 33.

Rios has been hugely productive at different points in his career — he had 18 home runs and 42 stolen bases between the White Sox and Rangers in 2013 — but some of his seasons have been complete clunkers.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.