After throwing an 85-mph slider in the dirt Scherzer signaled to the dugout, making a slashing motion in front of his throat, seeming to indicate that his night was over. Manager Buck Showalter and trainer Joe Golia immediately came out to check on Scherzer. Scherzer only threw 87 pitches before his departure.
Adam Ottavino entered the game for Scherzer and struck out Pujols. Ottavino returned to the mound in the seventh inning.
It is not known at this time why Scherzer pulled himself from the game.
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