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Nationals fans 'fix' Scherzer bobblehead, add black eye

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Nationals fans 'fix' Scherzer bobblehead, add black eye

On bobblehead night in most MLB stadiums, the bobbleheads look like the players they're meant to represent. But for Max Scherzer Bobblehead Night at Nats Park Friday, the bobblehead was missing two key aspects of Scherzer's current appearance. 

His black eye and broken nose. 

On Tuesday during batting practice, Scherzer went to bunt and instead got a face full of baseball.

Scherzer broke his nose as a result, but was adamant that he would pitch in the Nationals' double header the next day against the Philadelphia Philles––the result of back-to-back rainouts on Monday and Tuesday.

The righty earned the win in Wednesday's nightcap, his sixth of the season, and threw 10 strikeouts in 7 scoreless innings.

But on Friday, the attention was on Scherzer's bobblehead, which commemorated Scherzer's 300-strikeout 2018 season, instead of Scherzer himself.

At Nats Park, many fans (including one father wearing an Atlanta shirt) strolled around the concourse carrying the bobbleheads.

One man mentioned it was his and his wife's first game at Nats Park this season, mentioning that they hadn't fully paid attention to the Nationals until Scherzer's injury. (Unfortunately, though, they didn't manage to get a bobblehead).

Another, who asked not to be named, joked that if he really wanted to he could draw the black eye onto the bobblehead himself.

"There was nothing [the Nationals] could really do about [the bobblehead not having a black eye]," he said.

Some fans actually did draw on the black eye, and took to Twitter to show how they "fixed" the bobblehead.

With the Nats, Scherzer has been the subject of four bobbleheads and seven total promotional items, since he signed as a free agent in 2015.

Two of those bobbleheads, given away in 2016, were to commemorate a pair of no-hitters Scherzer threw in his first season in Washington. 

But even before he signed with the Nationals, Scherzer was no stranger to bobbleheads in his own image. In fact, when he was with Detroit in 2014, the Tigers constructed a lifesize Max Scherzer bobblehead outside of the stadium to celebrate Scherzer's 2013 AL Cy Young award. Fans described the bobblehead as "terrifying." (Don't worry, there was a smaller, less-scary Scherzer bobblehead giveaway later in the season too). 

Fortunately, fans are (so far) pleased with the Scherzer bobbleheads the Nats have created.

Some, including Samantha Ferris (whose first team is the Yankees), believe the Nationals will create some giveaway next season that plays off Scherzer's broken nose and black eye.

Others took to Twitter to muse that the Nationals should make a "Black-Eye Max Scherzer" bobblehead for the 2020 seaon. 

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Max Scherzer's named Thursday's starter and penciled in for the postseason

Max Scherzer's named Thursday's starter and penciled in for the postseason

WASHINGTON -- So, it’s settled: Max Scherzer will pitch Thursday.

The Nationals’ best pitcher played catch in right field Tuesday. He felt well a day after a full bullpen session. He, finally, is aligned to make his first start since July 6.

Why Thursday? Well, this is where things are more interesting. Davey Martinez and his staff mapped out Scherzer’s possible starts from Thursday to the end of the season to see how he lines up if he would pitch every fifth game (not every fifth day because of scheduled off-days). If he pitches Thursday, this is how the rest of his season would look:

July 25 vs. Colorado

July 30 vs. Atlanta

Aug. 5 at San Francisco

Aug. 11 at New York

Aug. 17 vs. Milwaukee

Aug. 22 at Pittsburgh

Aug. 28 vs. Baltimore

Sept. 5 vs. New York

Sept. 8 at Atlanta

Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta

Sept. 20 at Miami

Sept. 25 vs. Philadelphia

Oct. 1 Wild-Card Game

Note three appearances against the first-place Braves. Consider a late-September start against Philadelphia. Then, of course, being on an extra day of rest should the wild-card game be necessary.

“You know Max,” Martinez said. “He wants to pitch today. He wants to pitch tomorrow. He wants to pitch Friday, Saturday, Sunday.”

Can things go wrong between now and then? Yes. A rainout could move Scherzer around. A recurrence of the mid-back strain which put him on the 10-day injured list July 13, retroactive to July 10, could happen. But, the Nationals took the time to map this out when considering whether Scherzer will pitch Thursday opposite Colorado or Friday against the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers. 

One wrinkle in this projection: The final series of the season is at Nationals Park versus Cleveland. The Indians start play Tuesday just three games out of the division lead in the American League Central and two ahead for a wild-card spot. Which means Cleveland could be playing for everything (from the division title, to hosting the wild-card game, to just getting into the postseason) or nothing because it has clinched a spot. Scherzer would not be on schedule for that series.

More immediately, Monday’s rainout forced the Nationals to massage their rotation. Erick Fedde was moved from Monday’s start to the first game of Wednesday’s split day-night doubleheader. Anibal Sanchez will pitch Friday. Joe Ross is expected to fill the open spot Saturday. Patrick Corbin, Scherzer and Sanchez will line up to face Atlanta when it visits next week.

There was one other starting pitcher issue exposed Tuesday. Austin Voth (right biceps tendinitis) has stopped throwing. He will have an MRI this week and his future is to be determined. Not so for Scherzer. He's expected back Thursday, then Oct. 1, if necessary.

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Rain, roster moves and Ryan Zimmerman to the IL

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Rain, roster moves and Ryan Zimmerman to the IL

Rain in D.C. postponed the Nationals' series opener against the Rockies on Monday. But although no players took the field, there was plenty of roster movement.

Check out the latest news and notes surrounding the Nationals.

Player Notes: 

With Monday's game being pushed to a Wednesday split doubleheader, it's likely RHP Erick Fedde will start one of Wednesday's games. RHP Stephen Strasburg will still make his scheduled start on Tuesday. 

RHP Austin Voth was set to throw on Monday after he was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right biceps tendinitis.

1B Ryan Zimmerman was also placed on the 10-day injured list Monday after his plantar fasciitis in his right foot flared up on Sunday. He was kept out of play for the same injury earlier this season.

The Nationals transferred RHP Justin Miller from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for RHP Michael Blazek, whose contract Washington purchased from Triple-A Fresno on Monday. Blazek's last major-league appearance was in 2017.

RHP Kyle McGowin was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg on Monday. He'll rejoin the Senators' rotation.

OF Andrew Stevenson was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and will back up all three outfield positions in D.C.

Meanwhile, RHP Max Scherzer threw a full bullpen session on Monday without any problems. He'll likely return to the Nationals' rotation either Thursday (against the Rockies) or Friday (against the Dodgers).

Injuries: 

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, 60-Day IL, out until mid-July

1B Ryan Zimmerman: Foot, 10-Day IL, status uncertain

SP Austin Voth: Shoulder, 10-Day IL, status uncertain

SP Max Scherzer: Back, 10-Day IL, out until late July

RP Jonny Venters: Shoulder, 10-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-Day IL, out indefinitely 

Coming Up:

Tuesday 7/23:  Nationals vs. Rockies, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park

Wednesday 7/24: Nationals vs. Rockies, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park

Thursday 7/25: Nationals vs. Rockies, 4:05 p.m., Nationals Park

Source: Rotoworld

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