ATLANTA – Los Angeles Dodgers ace Max Schaezer insisted Saturday that he is not injured and is optimistic he can pitch again if the National League Championship Series extends to a seventh game, but that Game 6. Was very sad to begin with.
It’s also quite possible that he threw his last pitch for the organization, with the Dodgers trailing Atlanta by 3 games to 2 in a best-of-seven series.
Scherzer, 37, a three-time Cy Young winner, who is eligible for free agency after the World Series, called it “common soreness” that caused him to be scratched for Game 6.
“I’m trying to do everything I can to keep muscles healthy,” Scherzer said. “That’s all I can do. ..it’s just a matter of time. For me, personally I just need one.” Need an extra day. This will give me more gas in the tank.
“Good on hand. That’s just how much I have in the tank and how long I can go.”
Sure, he could have lied to the Dodgers and said he liked taking the mound in Game 6, but for him, that wasn’t even an option.
“I don’t lie,” he said. “Guys take on too much when they’re lying, and they fly away. That’s the ultimate risk.”
He denied blaming anyone else for closing out the ninth inning and Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, but of course the added tension caused him to pitch only 4 2/3 innings in Game 2. made reason, throwing only 79 pitches for the third shortest outing of his post-season career.
The Dodgers say they understand the decision. Teammate Tree Turner, who played with Scherzer in Washington for the past seven years, called him one of the fiercest competitors in baseball.
“I’ve seen a lot of things in the last seven, eight years,” Turner said, “and he hasn’t stood through some things. He knows when his body is available to go or No. So, I think if he can, he will definitely be out.”
It is unknown whether Shazer’s decision will affect his return to the Dodgers, but several of his friends have told USA Today Sports that he is ready to play elsewhere, and is seeking a three-year contract.
That’s a topic for another day, Scherzer says. All that matters now is that he was unable to pitch Game 6 and had no idea how long he could pitch if the Dodgers forced Game 7 at Truist Field on Sunday night.
“My hand has been off for the past few days,” he said. “After that Game 2 started, I knew I’d be in pain for a few days, but it was just normal muscle soreness. It’s normal when you get to the playoffs. I wasn’t feeling well. Me Got day 4 and it felt like the first day for me.”
It wasn’t until Saturday that Scherzer was even able to throw 90 feet, he said, after being confined to 60 feet over the past four days. He and Walker Buehler were throwing at Dodger Stadium at the same time, and with Scherzer’s dismay, the staff decided that Buehler was more prepared to start Saturday at less rest than Scherzer.
“The good news is that I was finally able to turn the corner on the off-day,” he said. “I came today and felt even better when I caught 90 feet. I’m moving on. I’m not dealing with a sprain, I’m not dealing with stress, I’m just dealing with muscle fatigue. It just takes time.”
He is cautiously optimistic that he can start if there is a Game 7, and the Dodgers are counting on him without knowing how long he can last.
“Very, very confident,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “What he’ll be able to give us, and for how long, I don’t know the answer. I don’t think anyone does. But as far as he’s taking baseball [Sunday]If we put ourselves in that position, I think, I feel very confident. …
“He couldn’t get over the kind of muscle fatigue where you normally put it out after running and day 2, day 3, you’re back. He just never got to that point. So today The way he threw the baseball gave us a lot of confidence that he could start.
Scherzer says he doesn’t regret volunteering to pitch in relief in Game 5, adding that he doesn’t believe his soreness is strictly from the use of that game, when he threw 13 pitches.
“It’s the culmination of everything,” he said. “It’s never just one outing that gets you in trouble, it’s kind of all the outings are lumped together. It’s not a real injury. It’s muscle fatigue type things.
“I’m trying to iterate over every variable in my head right now, trying to understand why I’m in this situation.
“Obviously it’s disappointing, but I don’t know what else I would do differently.”
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