Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/24/14
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Max Scherzer injury updates seem to come by the hour.  He can pitch again.  He can't pitch again.  He won't pitch again.  He might pitch again.  Now, it seems Scherzer will wait until the play-offs to start again if the Tigers can clinch the American League Central before Wednesday.

According to John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press, Scherzer could pitch Wednesday if needed.  The Tigers, though, are hoping they don't need him.  If Detroit can lock up the division before then, Lowe says Scherzer will be held back until the postseason.  If they have not locked up the division and Scherzer still can't go Wednesday, rookie Drew Smyly will be who the Tigers turn to to keep their season alive.

Scherzer has thrown just seven innings since September 18th.  He threw two innings before being lifted due to shoulder discomfort on the 18th, and he came back on 23rd to pitch five innings.  However, he is still dealing with shoulder fatigue and any additional rest the Tigers can give him will be beneficial.  Scherzer's health is equally as important as a Tigers' postseason berth.

The Tigers do not have the luxury of the Wild Card to fall back on.  They do not have a good enough record.  If they let their division lead slip away to the Chicago White Sox, the Tigers will miss the play-offs.  Luckily for them, they have a two-game lead in the division with four games to play.  The Tigers are taking on the Twins and the White Sox are taking on the Tampa Bay Rays.  Detroit's magic number is three.
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