Freak injury keeps Tigers starter out of finale

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Max Scherzer's shoulder appears to be fine. His right ankle is another issue.

The Tigers right-hander will miss his start in the regular-season finale in Kansas City tonight after twisting it during the on-field celebration of Detroit's AL Central title Monday night.

Manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday that someone apparently stepped on Scherzer after the Tigers had streamed out of the dugout and were jumping into a pile behind the mound.

The Tigers had just wrapped up the division title with a 6-3 victory over the Royals, giving them back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since the 1934-35 seasons.

"This is a slightly twisted ankle. You know, swollen, but it doesn't appear to be serious," Leyland said. "But it's obviously serious enough that he won't pitch (today)."

Scherzer was going to pitch five innings against the Royals to test his sore right shoulder, which caused him to miss his last scheduled start.

EX-RAY SUSPENDED: OF Joey Gathright was suspended for 50 games by MLB for amphetamine usage. Gathright, 31, played with the Rays from 2004-06 and spent this season with the Reds' Triple-A Louisville affiliate and the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League.

ANGELS: 1B Albert Pujols became the fifth player ever with three 50-double seasons, joining Tris Speaker (five), Stan Musial, Brian Roberts and Paul Waner. … LHP C.J. Wilson will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow in the offseason.

BRAVES: RHP Ben Sheets said he plans to retire after starting the regular-season finale today. Sheets, 33, hasn't pitched since Aug. 24 because of shoulder inflammation. The four-time All-Star has battled injuries throughout his 10-year career.

GIANTS: RHP Matt Cain was chosen to start Game 1 of the NL Division Series.

MARINERS: The club plans to move in the outfield fences at Safeco Field next season after years of debate on the impact that the spacious outfield was having on the team's offense. The fence in the left-centerfield alley will move in as much as 17 feet.

NATIONALS: LHP Gio Gonzalez was scratched from his final regular-season start so that he can pitch the opener of the NL Division Series.

PHILLIES: Manager Charlie Manuel told ESPN.com that he was upset with his team, which missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006. "I've been mad for three or four weeks; hadn't really been coming out. We've got to regroup and we've got to play much better," he told the website. "We've got to play smarter. We've got to know the game better."

RED SOX: 2B Dustin Pedroia was in the starting lineup despite a broken left ring finger.

YANKEES: LHP Manny Banuelos, one of the team's top prospects, is scheduled for reconstructive elbow surgery Thursday. Banuelos, 21, made only six starts this season and was shut down in August.

Freak injury keeps Tigers starter out of finale 10/02/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:13pm]

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