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Rangers’ Max Scherzer not throwing amid lingering thumb issue

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The Rangers have pushed the pause button on Max Scherzer’s rehab as he continues to feel discomfort in his right thumb and forearm, general manager Chris Young said.

Young and Scherzer first disclosed the thumb issue April 30, when the three-time Cy Young winner was scratched from his second rehab start. He said that the sensation was similar to what he felt last season before he suffered a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the end of the regular season and the first two rounds of the postseason.

“We shut him down from throwing for a few days,” Young said. “We decided that before we progress him that he’s fully recovered. My hope is that he starts feeling better, we can pick up where we left off and he can continue his rehab and rejoin us soon.”

Scherzer is on the injured list after having back surgery Dec. 15. He is ahead of schedule in terms of recovery from the operation and made a rehab start April 23 with Triple A Round Rock.

The Rangers speculated that the workload, similar to what Scherzer does every spring, might have been what triggered the thumb ailment.

He didn’t seem particularly concerned about it last week. He had resumed playing catch by Thursday, when he noted the thumb felt better. There just hasn’t been enough improvement.

“We’re not going to do anything in terms of sending him back out until he’s fully healthy and feeling perfect,” Young said.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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