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Max Scherzer Says He Is Willing To Go After Bullpen Session

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Two days before the Texas Rangers begin the AL Championship Series, on Friday, Max Scherzer pronounced himself “ready to go” following another bullpen session and fielding exercises.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner’s status for the Rangers’ ALCS roster remains unknown, and the decision won’t be made until Sunday ahead of Game 1 against Houston. Since September 12, Scherzer has not pitched in a game due to a discomfort in his shoulder muscles.

Pitching coach Mike Maddux and Texas manager Bruce Bochy, who did not meet with media on Friday, have said that they are encouraged by Scherzer’s growth. Scherzer was acquired from the New York Mets during the trade deadline.

The Rangers did reveal that Jordan Montgomery, a left-hander acquired via the trade deadline, will likely start the first game against the Astros. In his two postseason outings, which included last Sunday’s Game 2 of the AL Division Series at Baltimore, Montgomery is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA.

Following his full-uniformed bullpen session, Scherzer covered a few plays at first base and handled grounders up both lines at Globe Life.

Scherzer stated he knew he would need to bring his A-game against the Astros, but he was confident he could get batters out. However, he was unsure of how long he could play a game for.

Following a simulated game on Wednesday, in which Scherzer threw 68 pitches against batters and included multiple up-and-down phases, came the most recent bullpen session.

In that simulation earlier this week, Scherzer “maintained his stuff throughout all 68 (pitches),” according to Maddux. He continued at the same pace from 1 to 68. That was the heartening bit. Need to become a little more focused.

Prior to the AL Division Series last week, Scherzer had also thrown to hitters.

When asked if he thought his fastball had more life this week than it did last week when facing hitters, Scherzer responded he wasn’t sure.

That was the day following the Rangers’ victory over Baltimore in the AL Division Series.

With 27 starts for the Mets and Rangers, Scherzer was 13-6 with a 3.77 ERA, the most strikeouts of any active pitcher with 3,367. He pitched 152 2/3 innings, striking out 174.

Scherzer activated his 2024 option at $43.33 million as part of the deal to Texas; the Mets will pay the Rangers the majority of this amount.

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