Following Washington's 11-4 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday, Nationals ace Max Scherzer remains the teams biggest concern.
For three weeks now, Scherzer has been dealing with an upper back injury that has hindered him from starting.
On Thursday, he pitched five innings and threw 86 pitches against Colorado but woke up Friday morning with irritation in his mid-back again. Scherzer called the Nationals medical staff and had the MRI then a stem-cell shot. The issue this time is his rhomboid muscle, not the scapula.
Scherzer was shut down and did not throw for two days because of the shot. But, he also did not throw Sunday against the Dodgers.
“He didn't throw his bullpen today, so we'll re-evaluate and see how he feels tomorrow. I have to say I'm very doubtful that he'll make his start on Tuesday," Davey Martinez said about the status of Scherzer returning.
We'll feel out what happens with him tomorrow. He said he felt better today. He was able to actually do some stuff. But we'll figure that out tomorrow.”
The back problem began after his start against the Detroit Tigers on June 30. Scherzer managed it and pitched through it against Kansas City on July 6, however, the next morning he said that he woke up in pain and couldn’t even lift his shoulder.
He did not pitch in the All-Star Game a few days after because of the pain and was placed on the injured list July 13, retroactive to July 10, because of a mid-back strain. That strain was specific to his scapula. He missed 12 games (two starts) and was reinstated Thursday, July 25.
It's pretty clear that Scherzer will not be pitching in Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
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