Scherzer solid if he can stay healthy 

March, 30, 2010
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It's safe to say when the big three-way deal was announced during the winter meetings -- a deal which, among other things, sent Max Scherzer from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Detroit Tigers -- there were some who wondered what the D-backs' front office was thinking. It's not often that a 25-year-old starter, with strikeout ability, who was a former first-round pick and has already had success at the big league level (he is the 36th starting pitcher taken in terms of average draft position in ESPN leagues), is traded.

Essentially, it came down to a few things: First, some in the organization felt that Scherzer was pretty much always going to be a five-inning pitcher at best, and wondered, if he was switched to relief work as some scouts have suggested, whether he would be able to hold up on back-to-back days.

The reason for that is some concern about the long-term health of his shoulder. Scherzer had shoulder problems in college before he was drafted 11th overall in 2006. He didn't sign until late in 2007 after pitching a little in independent ball, but has had disabled-list stints in each of the past two seasons due to shoulder issues.

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