Mizzou Ace Returns to Form

1 decade 7 months 2 days ago May 02, 2006 May 2, 2006 Tuesday, May 02 2006 Tuesday, May 02, 2006 9:40:47 PM CDT in Tiger Talk

"I think it all started with the finger. I smashed it in my front door, just one of those freak things that happened," Scherzer said. "And it seemed to go from there, up into my bicep tendon, and it's just caused problems the entire year. It's basically keeping me off the field. It's just unlucky."

Unlucky, or uncanny, for a season that was supposed to be so good.

"Somebody has to have a voodoo doll and somebody's playing a good trick on me, because it just seems like anytime I try to get healthy, somebody just puts another pin in that voodoo doll and hurts something else on my body," Scherzer added. "It just seems a lot of unfortunate events have happened in a short amount of time."

Scherzer has pitched just under 40 innings so far this season, compared to 106 he pitched last year.

"He definitely has a good feel for when he needs to shut it down," said MU pitching coach Kevin Cullen. "And he has proven that time and time again. When he feels the pain that he doesn't like or he doesn't feel comfortable with, he's done a good job of shutting it down."

Scherzer returned to the mound last Sunday for the first time since April 8 in a Big 12 game, earning the win against Baylor.

After watching that performance and Scherzer's previous outing last Wednesday against Southeast Missouri State University, a Major League Baseball scout said the pitcher is obviously well on his way to full recovery, especially when he's bringing heat at 97 mph.

And as long as no one sticks another pin in the voodoo doll, Scherzer plans to make up for lost time. He said Sunday was the first time in six weeks he felt no pain when throwing.

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