The legend of Max Scherzer continues to grow. He sustained what many believed would be a season-ending injury back on September 12th. Refusing to call it a season, the future Hall of Famer has continued to rehab and work to get himself ready for a potential return to the mound this season for the Texas Rangers.
After throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday, before Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Rays, Scherzer indicated that he felt good and that a possible return to pitching could be in his future. The bullpen work on Wednesday appeared to be at a higher level than in previous sessions, and that is exciting for Rangers fans, who would love to have Scherzer as the playoffs continue further.
After the game on Wednesday, Tyle Kepner of The Athletic reported that Scherzer was optimistic about how things were progressing. Many players his age and with his status might have called it a year, but he continues to grind and look for a way to contribute to the cause.
"Based on today, I'm turning a corner, I see a path. You never know."- Max Scherzer
Buster Olney reported that Scherzer will now throw live batting practice on Friday, which is yet another step in the right direction. It would seem like a spot on the ALDS roster would be unlikely, but if there is anything that we have all learned about Scherzer, is to never count him out.
If Scherzer does get healthy enough to get onto the roster and get into games this postseason, it will be a shot in the arm to the Rangers. He brings with him a postseason resume that is highlighted by 27 appearances and 133 1/3 innings. Scherzer has pitched in the biggest of moments and has never backed down.
While the Rangers work their way deeper and deeper into the playoffs, the chances of Scherzer pitching in some capacity seems to be gaining momentum.