Scherzer calls losing Strasburg a ‘gut punch’


WASHINGTON -- A large poster of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin standing together remains on the wall of the 100 level inside Nationals Park. It was created last year for Corbin’s first season. All three are doing their best to look menacing.

Strasburg is no longer part of the mix. The Nationals put him on the 60-day injured list Saturday because of carpal tunnel neuritis. He will have surgery next week to relieve the inflammation around his right wrist which has caused his thumb to go numb. The starting rotation came into Saturday 22nd in the league in ERA. Losing Strasburg will not help.

“It’s just disappointing news,” Scherzer said Saturday. “You feel for him because you know how hard he works. Everybody works so hard, especially in the shutdown. You want to be able to get out here and be able to pitch. When you get that taken away from you it is a gut punch. It is a gut punch for a team but I know specifically for Stephen it’s not a fun thing to have to go through. I wish him best. Hopefully this is a surgery he can get through good and makes him good to go whenever he can get back on the mound.”

Strasburg made just two starts before being shut down. He’s thrown five innings total this season.

The Nationals will replace him with Erick Fedde.