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Max Scherzer set to make 2024 Rangers debut on Saturday

Max Scherzer will make his 2024 debut with the Rangers on Saturday against the Royals. According to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden:.

After undergoing back surgery over the winter and dealing more recently with a nerve issue in his thumb, the right-hander from Texas is on the verge of returning to the mound just days after the Mets visit Globe Life Field this week.

Scherzer will join a struggling Rangers team that was 33-39 going into Tuesday night’s game and in third place in the American League West.

Max Scherzer is reportedly set to make his season debut on Saturday. AP

The future Hall of Famer waived his no-trade clause with the Mets last July and committed to Texas after being told the team was focused on 2025 and beyond.

Scherzer said this week that he still loves many of his players in Queens, despite his departure.

“We’ve got some great guys in the clubhouse for sure,” Scherzer told The Washington Post’s Mike Puma on Monday. “I’m definitely checking in with them to see how they’re doing and how they’re playing.”

Following the trade, Scherzer posted a 3.20 ERA in eight starts for the Rangers, but missed most of the team’s playoff series with back soreness after suffering a shoulder injury late in the regular season.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer pitches during the first inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros.
Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer pitches in the top of the first inning of Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros. AP

In Game 3 of the World Series, Scherzer returned to pitch three scoreless innings to help the Rangers win, 3–1.

The Rangers are hoping Scherzer can give them a boost in 2024 after a disappointing post-World Series season.

Before Tuesday, the Rangers were nine games behind the first-place Seattle Mariners and seven games out of the final three wild-card spots in the AL.

The 39-year-old, who turns 40 in July, told The Washington Post that his current plan is to take the mound again in 2025.

“Yeah, I’m putting my heart into it,” Scherzer said. “I definitely want to do it. I didn’t go into this year thinking I want to pitch again next year. I didn’t go into this thinking it was my last year.”