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Mike Rizzo on Max Scherzer's return: 'I don't think it's too much longer'

Mike Rizzo on Max Scherzer's return: 'I don't think it's too much longer'

Max Scherzer may be inching closer toward a return with the Washington Nationals.

On Friday morning during his weekly appearance with the Sports Junkies, general manager of the Nationals Mike Rizzo gave a cautiously optimistic update on the team's ace. 

"I don't think it's too much longer. Max is progressing nicely and we will see where he is at today and we'll take it from there," he said.  "With him, it's really how he feels day-to-day because the back is feeling much, much better now and we just have to make sure we progress him to the right point where he can take the ball every five days."

"Too much longer" is always open to interpretation. Right now the team has been fortunate with the impressive starts of Joe Ross and Erik Fedde. Their last three combined starts have yielded three wins to bridge the starts between Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez.

That success might be why Rizzo stresses the fact that they are not trying to bring back Scherzer (9-5) too soon. The GM said they are not going to push or overstimulate him. Rather, they're "going to get him back out there as soon as humanly possible."

Scherzer was placed on the 10-day Injured List back on July 29 (retroactive to July 26) for an upper back strain. However, he did miss time before his most recent stint on the Injured List. He's only made one start in the past month. 

For now, the team has weathered the storm without him. It's unclear how much longer that will last. 

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Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, eviscerated the Houston Astros on Twitter Saturday afternoon in the wake of MLB's findings that the Astros systematically stole signs throughout the 2017 season, pointing out in her tweets what the scandal did to the Astros' opponents throughout the league that season.

Dolan pointed out that a large number of pitchers were scrutinized for poor performances against the Astros during the 2017 season, asking what those numbers would have done to their future earnings - not to mention mental state.

In 2017, the Astros led Major League Baseball in hits (1581), runs (896), doubles (346), RBI (854) as well as team batting average (.282) during the 162-game season en route to winning the 2017 World Series.

Doolittle reacted to the news of MLB's findings on Thursday on Twitter, thanking those who came forward to bring the sign-stealing allegations to light. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch last week and Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora lost their jobs with the Mets and Red Sox over the scandal.

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Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

The Washington Nationals aren't tired of showing off their World Series success, and for good reason. 

It's been a few months since the Nats won their first-ever title, but flaunting the Commissioner's Trophy simply never gets old. 

General Manager Mike Rizzo showed off the silverware in College Park on Saturday during an intermission in the Maryland-Purdue college basketball game. 

The crowd erupted in cheers and the band played "Baby Shark" to ring in the special occassion. It's always nice to see Terrapin fan favorite and SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt in attendance there too. 

In a bad week for baseball in the wake of widespread cheating allegations, it's a good sight to see the good parts of the game being celebrated. 

Keep showing that thing off, Nationals!

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