Back Issues Plague World Series Champion
Max Scherzer, the star pitcher for the Texas Rangers, is set to undergo surgery after experiencing ongoing back pain. The 38-year-old right-hander, who was traded to the Rangers near the trade deadline last season, suffered a right teres muscle strain in September, which kept him out until the postseason. Despite making a comeback, Scherzer’s World Series appearance was cut short due to back problems.
Recovery Timeline: June or July Return
Following the conclusion of the World Series, Scherzer’s back pain worsened. As a result, the pitcher is expected to be sidelined until June or July of the upcoming season. Scherzer remains optimistic, stating, “Getting this procedure done now will give me the best chance to pitch as much as possible for the Rangers in 2024. I look forward to putting in the rehab work and getting back on the mound next summer.”
Rangers’ Pitching Roster Impacted
The absence of Scherzer leaves a void in the Rangers’ pitching rotation. While they have Nathan Eovaldi on the roster, it remains uncertain whether Jordan Montgomery, who is currently a free agent, will return. The team also eagerly awaits the return of Jacob deGrom, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery but has faced his fair share of injuries as well.
General manager Chris Young expressed his sentiments, saying, “Obviously not the best news, but nonetheless, we’re glad that we have a diagnosis and a solution. Max is recovering and feeling better already, and we look forward to getting him healthy and back out there next summer.”
Scherzer’s Impressive Career and Future
Despite the setback, Scherzer’s achievements in the sport are undeniable. The World Series victory last season marked his second championship title, having previously won with the Washington Nationals in 2019. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, had a successful 2023 season with a record of 13-6 and a 3.77 ERA in 27 starts, tallying 174 strikeouts in 152.2 innings pitched.
Looking ahead, Scherzer’s contract with the Rangers is set to expire after the 2024 season when he will be 40 years old. His impressive 3,367 strikeouts currently rank him as the most among active pitchers in Major League Baseball.