Texas Rangers pitcher Max Scherzer is set to miss the rest of the regular season and is unlikely to feature in the postseason due to a strained teres major muscle. The injury occurred during Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. With the Rangers in a tight race for an American League wild-card spot and only one game out of first place in the AL West, this news comes as a significant setback for the team.
Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner, was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the New York Mets back in July. This loss puts additional pressure on the Rangers, who are already without another former Met, Jacob deGrom, due to injury. The team will now have to turn to alternative pitchers, such as Andrew Heaney and Martín Pérez, to fill the void left by Scherzer in the rotation.
Although the Rangers’ rotation remains solid, it lacks the dominance it would have had with deGrom and Scherzer. Since joining the Rangers, Scherzer has had an impressive record with a 4-2 record, a 3.20 ERA, and 53 strikeouts in just 45 innings.
This injury is undoubtedly a disappointment for the Rangers, who had high hopes that Scherzer’s presence could help secure a playoff spot. However, they will now have to rely on their remaining pitching staff to step up and deliver strong performances in the season’s crucial final games.
The news of Scherzer’s absence adds another layer of uncertainty to the Rangers’ playoff aspirations. With such a tight race in their division and the wild-card picture, every game becomes increasingly vital. The team will need to regroup quickly and find ways to compensate for the loss of their star pitcher.
As fans eagerly await news of Scherzer’s recovery timeline, the Texas Rangers organization will be working hard to ensure that they remain competitive in the postseason race. The next few weeks will be a testing period for the team as they strive to overcome this significant setback and secure their spot in the playoffs.