Jordan Zimmermann will start for the Nationals on Saturday as they continue their weekend series at the Baltimore Orioles. The right-hander will be activated off the paternity list after the birth of his daughter, Ava, early Friday morning.
Sunday's starter has yet to be determined, but all signs point to Max Scherzer getting the nod. Scherzer threw a bullpen session at Camden Yards on Friday, which sets up him to pitch Sunday. Manager Matt Williams, however, insists that does not mean he won't turn to Doug Fister, the other candidate to pitch.
"That's part of his normal process. [Scherzer] is an option for Sunday," he said.
Rendon, Werth and Zimmerman progressing
Williams had good news to share on the injury front regarding Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman. Rendon (left quad) and Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) are with the team in Baltimore and doing full baseball activities with teammates. Werth (left wrist) is in Florida continuing his progress.
"[Rendon] is just starting [jogging]. He'll take some grounders today and will be in the BP group. Zim is the same way, he'll take his grounders today… and get in the BP group as well. They're both with us on the trip. Jayson is in Florida. He did extensive outfield work today, which is good. He is continuing to swing a light bat to get going. They're going and we hope that it's quickly and that there's no more setbacks."
Knorr returns to Nationals after wife's passing
Bench coach Randy Knorr rejoined the Nationals on Friday after taking several weeks off after the death of his wife, Kimberly, on June 23. Knorr, a longtime member of the Nationals' organization, joins the Nats for their final series of the first half of the season.
"Nice to see Randy," Williams said. "He called me about a week ago, I guess it was. He said 'I want to come back, but I'm not sure exactly when.' We as a coaching staff told him 'whenever you're ready.' He called back this week and said 'I'd like to be there on Friday and get back at it. I need to get back to the dugout. It's comfort for me.' So we're glad to have him. We're whole as a coaching staff now. We're happy to have him here and he's itching to get back to work, for sure."