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Rangers Veteran Makes His Long Awaited 2024 Debut Today

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ARLINGTON, TX: Veteran Starter Max Scherzer will officially make his 2024 debut for the Rangers later today as he toes the slab against the Kansas City Royals.

The Rangers will officially activate him off of the 60-day IL. Scherzer has not pitched in the big leagues since his three scoreless innings in Game 3 of the 2023 World Series.

Following back surgery in December of last year to repair a bulging disc, Scherzer's initial recovery was expected to keep him off until June or July. In actuality, Scherzer appeared to be comfortably surpassing that estimate and was almost back on track to return by mid-May before a thumb nerve issue prolonged his stay on the IL.

Texas had started the season with Scherzer on just the 15-day injured list, but as it became apparent he wouldn't return by the end of May, they moved him to the 60-day list.

Everything is set up for the seasoned righty to return. During his most recent rehab assignment, Scherzer has started two games for Triple-A, including last Saturday's 4 2/3 inning, 79-pitch outing.

Landry and other reporters were informed by Texas manager Bruce Bochy that Scherzer would not be limited in the number of pitches he took in Sunday's game, though it is conceivable that the team might attempt to gradually ease Scherzer back into the lineup.

This is obviously a huge return for a club that has been middle of the pack regarding team ERA, closing in at a club 4.07 ERA. Scherzer, when right, has proven to be a top of the line starter. That’s exactly what Texas and Scherzer hope for, for the rest of the 2024 campaign.

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