Max Scherzer, scheduled to start in Wednesday's season finale, has been scratched. Jim Leyland announced Scherzer suffered what is being called a 'slightly twisted ankle' in Monday night's on-field division clinching celebration.
"It's swollen," Leyland said. "It doesn't appear to be serious, serious. But he will not pitch tomorrow."
Leyland made a point to assure Scherzer's injury did not occur during the clubhouse celebration, but due to someone jumping on his ankle after the final out.
This is the latest setback in Scherzer's recovery from a deltoid strain in his pitching shoulder. His last appearance was on September 23rd, pitching 5 innings in a loss to the Twins.
It appeared Scherzer was on track to rejoin the rotation after a throwing session on Monday. He was scheduled to pitch 5 innings in his final regular season start as a tuneup for the playoffs.
The Tigers have not named who will take the mound in place of Scherzer tomorrow night. Leyland did say it will not be Drew Smyly, though it is expected he will pitch an inning.