Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer will miss the 2017 World Baseball Classic due to a stress fracture on the knuckle of his ring finger of his throwing hand. 

The Nationals announced that they expect the right-hander to be a full participant in spring training. 

Scherzer wrote a message on his Twitter page to give a more complete update on his finger. 

Scherzer, the 2016 NL Cy Young award winner, likely would have been the top starting pitcher for Team USA, joining the Rays' Chris Archer and the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman. 

The only other National on the roster is second baseman Daniel Murphy, who finished second in NL MVP voting in 2016. 

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