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Mike Rizzo says Max Scherzer plans to make next start after hamstring injury

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Max Scherzer is expected to make his regularly scheduled start Tuesday despite leaving his last appearance after only one inning with a hamstring injury, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said in a Zoom press conference Sunday.

“He felt great today when I saw him and he’s planning on pitching Tuesday,” Rizzo said. “We’re not making any firm announcement but I would imagine he’s going to take the mound on Tuesday.”

Scherzer last pitched Wednesday against the New York Mets, throwing 27 pitches in a laborious first inning that saw him allow two baserunners and a run to score. He was relieved by Erick Fedde the following frame and told reporters after the game that he was still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury that he originally suffered before his July 29 start against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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“I'm not really concerned about it,” Scherzer said after the game.

“I didn’t injure it any further. I didn’t do anything worse. That was my limit for today. I wasn’t going to push past that limit and it wasn’t going to loosen up anymore by pitching. That was how I was able to relay it to our training staff and to coaches as well and we just all came to the conclusion that if I wasn’t going to be better than what I was going to give in the first then there was no reason to continue.”

 

With Stephen Strasburg’s return Sunday, the Nationals are set to have their rotation make a complete turn with all five starters healthy for the first time this season.

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