DETROIT If you asked the Magic 8-Ball whether Max Scherzer will make his next scheduled start Sunday, you'd probably get an answer like, "All signs point to yes."
Scherzer, who had to leave his last start three days ago after just two innings because of shoulder weakness, is feeling a lot better.
Scherzer played catch out to 75 feet Friday and was very encouraged by how he felt.
"My arm's responding to the medicine," Scherzer said. "A lot of the inflammation in my arm is out. I was able to play catch and felt no pain, felt good, ball was jumping out of my hand."
Scherzer said there's only one thing he needs to do before he feels completely confident.
"The big thing will be (Saturday), I've got to really air it out, be able to let it fly and be able to throw all my pitches to be sure that I can start," Scherzer said. "If I am able to do that, I don't see there's a reason why I wouldn't be able to start on Sunday."
Manager Jim Leyland is holding Drew Smyly just in case Scherzer...