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The Long Awaited Return: 2019 World Series Champ Max Scherzer Makes His First Start for the San Antonio Missions After Back Surgery

Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner, to make first rehab start following back surgery

The Long Awaited Return: 2019 World Series Champ Max Scherzer Makes His First Start for the San Antonio Missions After Back Surgery

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The San Antonio Missions will host the El Paso Chihuahuas in a Double-A matchup on Wednesday night. This will be the first game action for the 39-year-old Texas Rangers right-hander since undergoing back surgery during the offseason. Scherzer is scheduled to start for Triple-A Round Rock at home against Salt Lake. Both Rangers manager Bruce Bochy and Scherzer confirmed that the plan is for him to throw around 50 pitches against the Los Angeles Angels’ affiliate team. In a simulated game last Friday, the right-hander threw 40 pitches.

Scherzer had surgery on December 15 to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. The eight-time All-Star was forced to leave his start in Game 3 of the World Series after three innings due to back discomfort. An MRI after the Rangers won the World Series revealed some inflammation in Scherzer’s back. He began to feel better before experiencing nerve pain in his leg. Scherzer underwent two epidural injections before another MRI showed the herniated disk.

Scherzer was acquired by the Rangers in a trade deadline deal last summer. He had a record of 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA in eight starts before missing the last two weeks of the regular season and

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