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Report reveals Max Scherzer’s return date from injury

Max Scherzer in uniform for the Rangers

Oct 4, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) is seen in the dugout during game two of the Wildcard series for the 2023 MLB playoffs against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers are reportedly expected to get Max Scherzer back in the rotation real soon.

Scherzer missed the start of the 2024 season while recovering from offseason back surgery. The 3-time Cy Young Award winner made a rehab start on April 24 with the intent of returning in May.

However, Scherzer was sidelined once again by thumb soreness that was later linked to a more serious nerve issue extending to his right triceps.

After hitting a few speed bumps, Scherzer finally appears on track to return to the Rangers’ rotation. According to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden, Scherzer is slated to make his 2024 debut on Saturday when the Rangers host the Kansas City Royals.

Last Saturday, Scherzer made a rehab start for the Triple-A Round Rock Express. He allowed four hits and three runs across 4.2 innings. Scherzer’s rehab appearance started on a sour note as he gave up a home run to Seattle Mariners prospect Jonatan Clase on the very first pitch.

Scherzer rebounded by striking out the next three batters to close out the first inning. He finished with eight strikeouts in the contest.

At 39 years old, Scherzer’s injury woes are hardly surprising. But Scherzer believes a different reason may be causing a rise in injuries throughout the majors.

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