CLEVELAND -- Max Scherzer has no role in Monday's makeup game in Chicago. His worry is Tuesday's series opener back in Detroit against Oakland. Still, you can tell his heart is in it.
The Tigers gave Scherzer the option to head back home to Detroit and skip the one-day trip to Chicago, but Scherzer declined. It wasn't completely for team-morale reasons, but it was a part of it.
"I need to play catch," Scherzer said. "That was the [main] reason. Plus, it's the biggest game of the year. I want to be there."
Had it been a longer trip, say, to the West Coast or down south for a makeup game, Scherzer admitted, it might have been a different decision.