Scherzer throws, chances improve for Wednesday

Scherzer throws, chances improve for Wednesday

DETROIT -- The Tigers have Max Scherzer listed as their probable starter for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Royals. More importantly, they now have a realistic scenario to get him there.

Scherzer threw on Saturday for the first time since shoulder soreness shut him down early in the week. He played catch from 60 feet away and felt no soreness in the deltoid area that had been bothering him. That put a schedule in place that could get him back on the mound.

"All the range of motion is there," Scherzer said after throwing. "Now it's at a point to try to get my strength back."

The key, Scherzer said, will be if he still has nothing more than normal soreness Sunday morning. If that's the case, he'll throw at full effort Sunday in a long-toss session. If all goes well there, he has a bullpen session scheduled for Monday in Kansas City, the final hurdle to get him cleared to start.

Drew Smyly, who tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings in Scherzer's spot Friday night, will obviously remain on standby and prepare as if Wednesday will be his start. That means the Tigers' bullpen will remain limited to two left-handers -- Phil Coke and Darin Downs -- for the stretch run.