Max Scherzer, a member of the Texas Rangers, will be absent from the beginning of the 2024 season due to undergoing back surgery.

Max Scherzer underwent surgery to correct a herniated disk in his lower back and will be absent at the beginning of the next season for the Texas Rangers, the reigning World Series champions.
On Friday, General Manager Chris Young stated that Scherzer, who was taken off the roster during the World Series due to back pain, had surgery on Thursday after non-intrusive treatments failed to alleviate the discomfort. Young expressed optimism that the three-time Cy Young Award winner will be fully healed and recovered by June or July.
In a statement released by the team on Friday, Scherzer revealed that his back pain worsened after returning to his home in Florida during the off-season and that he received the diagnosis of a herniated disk.
“After attempting several conservative treatments and consulting with multiple specialists, I have opted for the recommended surgery,” Scherzer stated. “Having the procedure done now will provide me with the best opportunity to pitch as much as possible for the Rangers in 2024. I am eager to commit to the rehabilitation process and return to the pitcher’s mound next summer.”
The 39-year-old Scherzer was forced to leave his start in Game 3 of the World Series after three innings. While he would have been a potential starter for Game 7, he was removed from the roster before Game 4 in Arizona, the night before the Rangers secured their first World Series title by winning Game 5.
Scherzer, who was acquired from the New York Mets on July 30th, suffered a muscle strain in his right shoulder on September 12th and returned to make two starts in the AL Championship Series against Houston. In those appearances, he went 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA. Scherzer allowed five runs over four innings and took the loss in Game 3. He then gave up two runs in 2 2/3 innings in Game 7, resulting in a no-decision.
“Obviously, this isn’t the best news, but we are glad that we now have a diagnosis and a solution,” Young remarked. “Max is already recovering and feeling better, and we are looking forward to his full recovery and return next summer.”

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