On Sunday, Max Scherzer will step on the mound at Comerica Park for the first time since Sept. 25, 2014.

He’s not sure what it will feel like to back in the place he called home for five years, where he pitched in four consecutive postseasons and won the first Cy Young Award of what will almost certainly be a Hall-of-Fame career.

“I don’t know. Ask me on Sunday,” he said in a chat with reporters in the visiting dugout on Friday afternoon. “I look back on my time here in Detroit and I have great memories here and great friends. That’s the way I remember it.”

Already one of the game’s best pitchers when he left Detroit in free agency after the 2014 season, Scherzer has done nothing but burnish his repuation as one of this era’s elite hurlers since joining the Washington Nationals.

Scherzer, who turns 35 next month, is in the fifth year of a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nats.