Scherzer ready to go in potential Game 4

Scherzer ready to go in potential Game 4

OAKLAND -- The workload for right-hander Max Scherzer has been managed since he pitched in Detroit's regular-season finale last Wednesday in Kansas City, but his status for Game 4, if necessary, Wednesday night is not in doubt.

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According to pitching coach Jeff Jones, Scherzer is ready to go.

Scherzer threw a second bullpen session Monday at the Coliseum, but kept it to light throwing. That's not unusual for this time of year, when innings are piling up on pitchers who have been up all season. For Scherzer, who missed a start a week and a half ago with soreness in the deltoid area of his shoulder, it's a little more than that.

"He said he feels great," Jones said.

The Tigers kept sinkerballer Rick Porcello on the postseason roster as a long reliever in case they needed to make a quick hook on anyone or had to wait out an extra-inning game.