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Notes: Scherzer regains early form Aug. 1, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Top pitching prospect Max Scherzer is beginning to regain the form that made him a popular subject of trade inquiries leading up to the trading deadline.
Scherzer, who missed a month with shoulder fatigue, had his best outing Thursday night since returning to the mound in mid-July for Triple-A Tucson. In three innings against New Orleans, Scherzer allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out seven.
"He was good," Diamondbacks General Manager Josh Byrnes said. "That's the best he's thrown it, really, since he came out of the rotation" in the majors in May.
"He threw the ball like he did early in the year."
In each of his four games since coming off the disabled list, Scherzer has been incrementally building his pitch count.
He threw 50 pitches on Thursday and will add about 15 pitches to his pitch count with every outing. Within a couple of weeks, his pitch count should be around 100.
He could be an option for the Diamondbacks rotation this month, although that would be only if tonight's starter, Yusmeiro Petit, struggles. Petit has allowed two runs in 11 innings in two starts this season. http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamond ... r0802.html