Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer won’t be pitching in the Postseason, but he’ll still be showing up on your TV screens this October.

Fox announced this week that Scherzer will be part of their studio team for their coverage of the ALCS, which will pit the Royals against the Blue Jays and begins on Friday night in Kansas City.

“We’re fired up to have Max join us,” said John Entz. “He’s an incredible player and will be able to have unique insight into the teams we’re covering during the postseason. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Fox will roll out the same core studio crew as they have throughout the ALDS – Kevin Burkhardt, Raul Ibanez, Pete Rose, and Frank Thomas. There’s no immediate word about the future of AJ Pierzynski and John Smoltz, who shined alongside play-by-play commentator Matt Vasgersian during the Royals-Astros ALDS.

Nothing has been announced in regards to a second-screen simulcast comparable to last year’s JABO telecast for Game 1 of the NLCS, which featured Burkhardt hosting along with ex-Padres manager Bud Black, Gabe Kapler, Rob Neyer of FoxSports.com, and CJ Nitkowski.

The Scherzer announcement also seemingly eliminates the chance that Fox will be adding Alex Rodriguez to their Postseason coverage, which was rumored in August. But hey, you never know – David Ortiz and Nick Swisher joined Fox’s coverage for the World Series last year after Black’s addition for the ALCS. A-Rod breaking down the World Series? Please, let it happen!

[Fox Sports]

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