Scherzer's velocity still down, but not a concern

Scherzer's velocity still down, but not a concern

DETROIT -- The Tigers were wrapping up the front end of their doubleheader against the Twins around the time the White Sox were starting their game against the Angels. The scoreboard watching, however, had started from the outset at Comerica Park. It's just that all the eyes were tuned into the velocity readings under the scores.

The results for Max Scherzer weren't as good as normal, but weren't quite as bad as Tuesday, when shoulder fatigue forced him out after two innings.

Scherzer threw a bevy of fastballs in the early innings, most of them in the 91-92-mph range, as he tried to get a feel for the pitch. From the second inning on, he was throwing 92-93 mph, topping out at 94 mph once.

Compared with his average velocity of just over 95 mph, it's a drop. To hear Scherzer explain it, though, it was an expected one.

"My arm felt good. I didn't feel any fatigue or anything like that," Scherzer said. "I wasn't in my normal routine this past week of throwing how I throw, and really how I run and lift, too, so I think that's why I didn't quite have the zip on my fastball today. Given that, I realized I didn't have the zip and I was able to pitch today."

With a normal between-starts routine this coming week, Scherzer said he expects to have that velocity back for his next start Friday in Minnesota.

"When Max usually has to crank it up, he can crank it up," manager Jim Leyland said. "And obviously, he wasn't trying to do that today. And he pitched fine. He pitched well enough to win, don't get me wrong. But hopefully, by the next start, he'll build back up to where he'll be able to do that."