DETROIT -- The Tigers got just what they didn't need Tuesday night -- a shortened start from Max Scherzer.
Scherzer (16-6) left the game against the Oakland A's after the second inning and headed to the locker room with trainers.
The team announced that Scherzer has right (throwing) shoulder fatigue and would undergo an MRI.
Scherzer had allowed one run on two hits, walked two and struck out four.
It's the shortest start this season for Scherzer, who leads the majors with 224 strikeouts.
Trailing the first-place Chicago White by three games in the AL Central Division, losing Scherzer would be a devastating blow to the Tigers' playoff chances.