Max Scherzer returns to injured list, Erick Fedde called up from Double-A ball


Sorry, Nationals fans, but Max Scherzer is out of the starting rotation again.

Washington's ace and three-time Cy Young Award winner was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a mild rhomboid strain in a move that was retroactive to July 26, the Nationals announced Monday. Additionally, they recalled right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde from Double-A Harrisburg.

This happened a day after Nationals manager Davey Martinez said he was "doubtful that he'll make his start on Tuesday" in the second of a three-game home series against the Atlanta Braves. 

Scherzer -- who just turned 35 on Saturday -- has been dealing with a back injury since June 30, but he returned to the mound Thursday, throwing 86 pitches (57 strikes) through five innings. The Nats lost, 8-7, but Fernando Rodney took the loss because Washington had the lead in the top of the ninth but let it slip away.

However, the next day, Scherzer woke up with an irritation in his back, which led to an MRI and a stem-cell injection. But his return to the injured list suggests it's a more serious injury than something that can be cured with a shot. 


Scherzer is 9–5 with a 2.41 ERA in 20 starts so far this season. He has the second-best ERA in the league and is solidly at the top with 189 strikeouts.

This is the second time he's been on the injured list this season, following his career-best month of June. He was placed on the injured list July 13, retroactive to July 10, because of a mid-back strain that was specific to his scapula, missing two starts in 12 games.

Through eight starts and 13 games, 26-year-old Fedde is 1-1 with a 3.40 ERA for the Nats this season. His last start was June 24 against the Rockies.

He played in seven games between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Fresno and is 3-1 with a 5.45 ERA with 37 strikeouts and nine walks.

The Nats' first matchup in the three-game series against the Braves is Monday (7 p.m. ET) with Patrick Corbin on the mound. Fedde is scheduled to pitch Tuesday.