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Next start in question, Scherzer 'taking it easy'

Next start in question, Scherzer 'taking it easy'

Next start in question, Scherzer 'taking it easy'
DETROIT -- For now, Max Scherzer remains "questionable" for his next start.

"It's hard to say right now," said Scherzer the day after leaving Tuesday night's 12-2 win over the A's after two innings with right shoulder fatigue. "Really, I just need a couple days of not throwing, ice and taking it easy. If everything works out with the plan, we'll reevaluate and hopefully I can make my next start."

Scherzer is scheduled to square off against the Twins -- a team he is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA against this season -- on Sunday. As of Wednesday, he was not throwing, but he said he plans to do so in the next few days. He said after he throws, he'll have a better answer.

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If he can't go, the obvious candidate to replace him would be Drew Smyly.

However, manager Jim Leyland said he's not likely to limit Smyly over the next few games as a precaution.

"I'm not worried about that right now. I've got to play these games one at a time," said Leyland as the Tigers battle to make up three games on the White Sox with 15 games left. "I've got Oakland with a lot of lefties these next two days. I've got Minnesota. I'm not going to worry about that. I can't do anything about that right now. I've got to try to win, one game at a time."

Smyly has pitched against the Twins once this season, yielding four runs -- three earned -- on six hits in five innings. He has made one start in the big leagues since July 6, throwing six innings of four-run ball against the Angels.

It's a tough predicament for the Tigers. If Scherzer is unable to pitch, the best-case scenario is that the decision is made shortly and Smyly isn't needed out of the bullpen in the final two games vs. the A's.

The worst-case scenario would be Smyly having to throw a lot of pitches and Sunday being designated as a bullpen start -- unless Leyland would rather move up the entire rotation to pitch on short rest.

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