Reports: Scherzer (groin) to miss start, IL stint possible

Max Scherzer hands the ball to Davey Martinez

After experiencing some discomfort during a bullpen session Monday, Nationals starter Max Scherzer told reporters he won’t be making his scheduled start Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Depending on how badly the Nationals need arms this week, Scherzer may land on the 10-Day Injured List before returning to the mound.

Scherzer left his last start Friday just 12 pitches in, feeling his groin tighten up during the first inning before departing with a trainer. The right-hander is 5-4 with a 2.21 ERA in 13 starts this season, giving the Nationals some much-needed stability atop their rotation.

The Nationals have not yet announced who will start in Scherzer’s place. Paolo Espino replaced him out of the bullpen Friday and threw 56 pitches over three and a third innings. He hasn’t appeared in a game since and could pitch on full rest Wednesday.

If Scherzer does hit the IL, he will join Stephen Strasburg (nerve irritation) to leave the Nationals without both of their top starters.