The Texas Rangers face a challenging setback as they lose star pitcher Max Scherzer for the remainder of the season. Scherzer, who has been a crucial part of the team's rotation, has been placed on the 15-day Injured List due to a right teres major muscle strain.
Scherzer, 39, joined the Rangers in a trade with the New York Mets on July 30 and has made a significant impact with a 4-2 record and a 3.20 ERA in 8 starts. He exited his recent game against the Toronto Blue Jays after 5.1 shutout innings due to the injury.
With an impressive career that includes three Cy Young Awards, Scherzer has recorded 3,367 career strikeouts, making him the active leader in this category. His performance with the Rangers has been commendable, recording over 50 strikeouts in his first 8 outings with the club.
Scherzer's absence will be felt in the Rangers' rotation, and the team is considering options to replace him. One possibility is Martin Perez, who could step into the rotation in Scherzer's absence.
In the meantime, the Rangers have made roster moves to address the situation. Right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hernández has been recalled from Round Rock (AAA) to fill the void left by Scherzer's absence. Hernández has had previous stints with the team this season, with a record of 1-2 and a 6.45 ERA in 26 relief appearances.
Scherzer's injury is a blow to the Rangers as they continue their season, and his contribution will be missed both on and off the field. The team will need to adjust and adapt to this new challenge as they aim to remain competitive in the league.