|Shoulder fatigue forces an early exit for Scherzer. (AP)|
Tigers right-handed starting pitcher Max Scherzer lasted only two innings in a pivotal start against the Athletics on Tuesday night in Detroit. The Tigers said the reason for his abbreviated start is right-shoulder fatigue. Scherzer had an MRI and the Tigers have announced it came back showing no structural damage. After a few days of rest, he'll be evaluated again.
After the second inning, Scherzer immediately headed down to the clubhouse and was replaced the next inning by Darin Downs. Scherzer's velocity was noticably down on the last few pitches he threw in the second inning.
Scherzer, 28, is 16-6 with a 3.78 ERA and 224 strikeouts in 178 2/3 innings this season.
The Tigers appear to have dodged a bullet here, as performance this season has identified Scherzer as their clear No. 2 starter behind Justin Verlander -- and they are desperately trying to stick around in the playoff race. The Tigers entered the night down three games to the White Sox in the AL Central and 5 1/2 out of the final wild-card spot with just 16 games left to play.