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

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

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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Washington Football to let fans help decide new hashtag after failed first attempt

Washington Football to let fans help decide new hashtag after failed first attempt

As part of the Washington Football Team's temporary rebrand, the club must come up with a new social media hashtag to replace the fan-favorite #HTTR acronym.

On Sunday, Washington attempted to do just that, but the first idea for the new hashtag turned out to quickly backfire.

Washington tried to use the hashtag #1932, representing the year the franchise was established. However, Twitter prevents hashtags from being solely numbers.

Quickly, the organization realized its mistake.

Washington then tweeted out that the team has yet to decide a new hashtag, and the team wants to have fan input on the matter.

Several fans responded to Washington's tweet with their own ideas, and to be fair, there were plenty of good ones.

Even celebrity Washington fan and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. weighed in on the matter.

Based on the high volume of responses in a short amount of time, it's evident that the fans truly do care about what the team's new social media hashtag will be.

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Deadline for teams to claim Washington RB Derrius Guice on waivers set for 4 PM Sunday

Deadline for teams to claim Washington RB Derrius Guice on waivers set for 4 PM Sunday

NFL teams have until 4 p.m. Sunday to submit a claim for Washington running back Derrius Guice, who was cut Friday after being arrested and with multiple charges stemming from three alleged incidents of domestic violence over the last six months.

The move became official Saturday, starting the clock on a 24-hour window for teams make waiver claims for the second-year running back. Though the extent of Guice’s alleged crimes are not yet public and he could end up on the Commissioner Exempt list with an eventual suspension, it’s not unheard of for teams to take a gamble on a player who’s facing criminal charges.

Washington acquired former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster in 2018 after he faced accusations of domestic violence. Foster was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list but avoided criminal prosecution and received only a fine from the league. He has yet to play a game for Washington after tearing two ligaments in his knee during training camp in 2019.

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Guice showed flashes of the player that made him a star at LSU and a second-round pick, but injuries limited him to just five games as a rookie. Washington, a franchise dealing with its own sexual harassment situation in its front office, has pushed to establish a new culture under head coach Ron Rivera and cutting Guice was only the latest in a series of moves toward that goal.

While it remains unlikely that Guice is claimed on waivers, the 4 p.m. deadline on Sunday afternoon remains an important checkpoint that could help determine his future.

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