KANSAS CITY -- About 20 minutes before the Tigers began their regular-season finale against the Royals on Wednesday night, right-hander Max Scherzer made the long walk out to the bullpen to begin his warmup tosses.
Luis Marte, meanwhile, began long-tossing in the outfield around the same time.
Only problem is they're on the same team.
It was the rare case of double-barrel warmups in the bullpen before a game, but it was on purpose. It wasn't about deception, but protection.
Scherzer had been scratched from the start on Tuesday with a right ankle he twisted during the Tigers' celebration on the field Monday night, when they clinched the American League Central title. By Wednesday afternoon, he felt well enough to give it a shot in an effort to get some innings before the postseason begins.
Just in case Scherzer couldn't go, though, manager Jim Leyland had Marte on standby. As it turned out, they didn't need him.
For Scherzer, it was his first outing since Sept. 23 against Minnesota. He had been scratched from his last start with soreness in his deltoid muscle, but hoped to stay on track to start the regular-season finale if needed. They didn't need him as much as he needed the start.
Tigers rehire Parrish as Class A manager
KANSAS CITY -- Larry Parrish spent nearly two decades coaching in the Tigers' organization, including seven years managing at Triple-A Toledo, before he got his chance at the big leagues again as the Braves' hitting coach. After a year at home, he's coming back.
The Tigers announced on Tuesday that they've hired Parrish as a Minor League manager again, this time at Low Class A West Michigan. It'll be a different level of prospect than Parrish is used to seeing, but it'll be a return to what he loves.
"During my entire coaching career, I've always felt it was important to make an impact," Parrish said in a statement released by the Whitecaps. "Class A ball is a level that requires a lot of hands-on teaching and will really allow me to make an impact on the young players. I look forward to working with these guys not only on the physical side of the game, but also the mental side ... how to handle the long, day to day grind of a 140-game professional season."
Parrish replaces Ernie Young, who was not rehired after two seasons at West Michigan. He went 142-137 with the Whitecaps.