Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer will miss his scheduled start tonight in Kansas City after twisting his right ankle while celebrating Detroit’s AL Central title.
Manager Jim Leyland said that someone stepped on Scherzer’s ankle while the Tigers were jumping into a joyous pile behind the pitcher’s mound following their 6-3 victory Monday night.
Scherzer was going to pitch five innings in the regular-season finale to test out his sore right shoulder, which caused him to miss his last scheduled start. Leyland said he’s not sure what the injury means for Scherzer’s availability when Detroit opens the playoffs Saturday at home.
MLB INKS 8-YEAR TV DEAL
Major League Baseball agreed with Fox and Turner Sports on eight-year contracts that will run through 2021 and keep the World Series on Fox.
The amount baseball receives from the two networks will double to an average of about $800 million annually, with Fox’s share averaging about $500 million.
“Both networks are passionate about baseball and are committed to covering, promoting and growing the sport, and I want to thank them for their continued support,” commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday.
Fox also will retain rights to the All-Star Game and a league championship series every year, and adds coverage of two division series starting in 2014. Fox broadcast the World Series in 1996 and 1998, and has had exclusive rights since 2000.
TBS will retain the rights to air one league championship series, two division series and one wild-card game.
MLB Network will continue to have the right to two games from one division series in the new eight-year deal.
Fox and TBS will alternate between showing the American League and National League playoffs from year to year. MLB Network’s two division series games will come from Fox’s games.
White Sox slugger Paul Konerko will have surgery to remove a bone fragment in his left wrist Thursday. … Outspoken Indians closer Chris Perez says the team needs an intense manager and better players, citing that Cleveland’s second-half collapse was embarrasing and the laid-back approach of former manager Manny Acta didn’t help. Acta was fired last Thursday. … Nationals manager Davey Johnson is resting most of his regular lineup and is saving left-hander Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89 ERA) for Game 1 of the playoffs. Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 2.94) will pitch Game 2. Johnson will use right-hander Edwin Jackson or left-hander Ross Detwiler in Game 3. … Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was in the starting lineup Tuesday for a game versus the Yankees despite having a broken left ring finger. … Adam Greenberg struck out on three pitches Tuesday for the Marlins. It was Greenberg’s first at-bat since being struck in the head by the first pitch in his major league debut with the Cubs in 2005 – a 92 mph fastball thrown by Marlins left-hander Valerio De Los Santos that derailed his career. … Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson will have elbow surgery after the regular season.