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Rangers’ Max Scherzer leaves after three innings due to injury

Oct 30, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in game three of the 2023 World Series at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

In a crucial Game 4 with his team holding a 3-0 lead as they entered the bottom of the 4th inning, Rangers’ Max Scherzer made an unexpected exit from the game due to back tightness.

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Up to that point, Scherzer had allowed two hits and issued two walks, yet, because of a costly baserunning mistake, he had managed to keep the Diamondbacks scoreless.

While the precise cause of his back tightness remains undisclosed, there is a possibility that a line drive off his back in the 2nd inning played a role.

At 39 years old, today marked Scherzer’s 30th postseason appearance.

In replacement of Scherzer, the Rangers put Jon Gray to pitch the 4th inning, Gray was initially supposed to start Game 4.

The Rangers lead the Diamondbacks 3-0 through five innings.

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