Scherzer said he'll start Saturday's Grapefruit League opener versus the Astros, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
The Nationals may have preferred to ease Scherzer into spring training, but the 35-year-old has been champing at the bit to get back to work after a combination of back, shoulder and neck issues kept him from reaching the 200-inning threshold in 2019. Scherzer reported to camp fully healthy and completed a two-inning live batting practice session without incident Wednesday, telling Zuckerman afterward that he feels exactly how he wants to at this stage of the spring. Despite a somewhat disappointing 2019 campaign relative to his lofty standards, Scherzer still looks like a worthy option in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts.
Scherzer (neck) said the cortisone shot worked and that he will pitch Game 7 of the World Series at Houston on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Manager Dave Martinez said as much prior to Game 6, but now that the Nationals forced the winner-take-all game, Scherzer is officially set to take the mound. The veteran right-hander actually warmed up during the seventh inning of Game 6 on Tuesday, and according to Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic there were scenarios laid out where he would enter the game, despite Martinez indicating otherwise beforehand. Regardless, Scherzer and Zack Greinke will matchup for the final game of the 2019 season.
Scherzer (neck) is not available out of the bullpen for Game 6 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday but would start Game 7 on Wednesday if the Nationals extend the series with a win, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
A cortisone shot did its job after Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to back and neck spasms. He's been cleared to pitch following a successful throwing session prior to Tuesday's game but will not be used out of the bullpen despite previous reports that he'd be available.
Scherzer (neck) will start Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday if the Nationals win Game 6 on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 35-year-old was scratched from his scheduled start for Game 5 of the series Sunday after spasms in his back and neck worsened, but threw in the outfield prior to Game 6 on Tuesday and told reporters that he felt good. He'll be available out of the bullpen for Game 6 if needed, so it's possible that his status for Game 7 could change if he is used Tuesday. Scherzer owns a 2.16 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 25 innings pitched this postseason.
Scherzer (neck) will be available out of the bullpen if necessary for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
Scherzer was scratched from Game 5 on Sunday due to neck and back spasms, but he threw in the outfield prior to Tuesday's game and told reporters that he felt good. The Nationals would likely prefer that he start Game 7 on Wednesday, but they'll have to win Tuesday to get there and could turn to him if necessary. In other news, reports Tuesday indicated that he's been pitching through a broken finger all year, though that clearly hasn't held him back thus far and is unlikely to suddenly become a problem now.
Scherzer (neck) threw in the outfield prior to Tuesday's Game 6 against the Astros, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Scherzer was scratched from his start Sunday for Game 5 due to back and neck spasms. He received a cortisone shot and remains in contention to start Game 7, should the Nationals extend the series with a win Tuesday.
Scherzer will not make his scheduled start Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series due to spasms in his back and neck that have continued to worsen, Tyler Kepner of The New York Times reports.
Scherzer was expected to take the bump for the Nationals on Sunday night but was dealing with spasms in the right side of his neck Saturday and woke up really hurting Sunday morning. The right-hander not being available could play a big role in the turnout of this series, as the Nationals are now forced to go with Joe Ross as their starter in a pivotal Game 5. According to Jamal Collier of MLB.com, Stephen Strasburg will start Game 6 regardless of Scherzer's availability going forward. The righty will remain on the Nationals' roster and will travel with the club to Houston with the hopes of being healthy enough to start in a potential Game 7.
Scherzer will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
In an unsurprising move, the Nationals will turn to their fully rested ace for their first-ever World Series contest. He'll square off against Gerrit Cole.
Scherzer is expected to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Scherzer will likely take the mound for the first game of the World Series after starting Game 2 of the NLCS on Saturday. In four appearances this postseason, the 35-year-old carries a 1.80 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 20 innings pitched.
Scherzer will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Monday after the team named Anibal Sanchez its Game 3 starter, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Scherzer entered Game 2 on Friday and struck out the side on 14 pitches during the eighth inning, and he'll receive an additional day of rest rather than make the quick turnaround for Sunday's game. The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while recording six strikeouts during the Wild Card Game against the Brewers last week.
Scherzer may be pushed back to start Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Scherzer entered Friday's win against the Dodgers as a reliever in the eighth inning, making his availability for Sunday's game uncertain. The 35-year-old needed only 14 pitches to strike out the side Friday, but his status for Game 3 will likely be determined by how he feels Saturday. If Scherzer is unable to pitch, Anibal Sanchez would likely start Game 3 with Scherzer taking the mound for Game 4.
Scherzer will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Sunday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 35-year-old will take the mound for the Nationals on Sunday after struggling in his wild-card start, allowing three runs in the first two innings as he threw 77 total pitches. Scherzer will be on short rest but will look to bounce back from his shaky first start of the 2019 postseason.
Scherzer allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings in a no-decision in Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game.
His night started out in about the worst way imaginable; Scherzer walked Trent Grisham and then gave up a two-run homer to Yasmani Grandal to lead off the first. Scherzer then gave up a homer to Eric Thames to lead off the second, but he eventually settled in and kept the Nationals in it (with help from Stephen Strasburg), leaving the door open for a dramatic comeback in the eighth inning. The right-hander threw 77 pitches, and while he could theoretically start on short rest in Los Angeles, it seems far more likely that he starts at home against the Dodgers either Sunday or Monday in Game 3 or 4 of the NLDS.
Scherzer is scheduled to start Tuesday's National League Wild Card Game for the Nationals, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
The Nationals don't know their opponent or where they'll play as the Brewers attempt to chase down the Cardinals in the NL Central, but it's no real surprise to see Scherzer receive the starting nod. The veteran right-hander hasn't looked fully himself with a 4.74 ERA in seven outings since returning from a back injury in late August, but the team will have Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg available out of the bullpen should things go wrong early.
Scherzer (11-7) allowed four earned runs on five hits while striking out 10 and walking one across six innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader.
Scherzer was tormented by Brad Miller, surrendering two home runs to the lefty that accounted for all of his earned runs. Otherwise, it was a strong performance from Scherzer, who racked up 18 swinging strikes and 20 called strikes on 101 total pitches. Perhaps most importantly, the effort marked his second consecutive appearance in which he threw over 100 pitches and punched out 10 or more batters. Scherzer is currently lined up to start in the team's final regular season contest Sunday against Cleveland, though that could change if they clinch home field for the Wild Card Game prior to his scheduled start.
Scherzer (10-7) allowed five runs on seven hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts across 6.2 innings while taking a loss against the Cardinals on Wednesday.
While the 11 strikeouts was impressive, Scherzer yielded two homers and runs in three of the seven frames he took the mound. Scherzer, like his team, is limping to the finish line, as he is 1-2 with a 4.62 ERA in his last seven outings. While he's short on wins and his ERA (2.81) is rising, he still owns a 1.03 WHIP, .222 batting average against and 233 strikeouts in 166.1 innings this season. Scherzer will look to bounce back at home against the Phillies on Tuesday.
Scherzer (10-6) allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts across five innings while taking a loss against the Braves on Friday.
The 35-year-old edged the hot Braves in his last start, holding the potent Atlanta offense to just one run, but this time, the Braves got the better end, ending Scherzer's streak of eight straight decisions ending in a win. This was also just the second outing since the end of May in which Scherzer failed to record at least six strikeouts. He owns a 2.65 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 222 strikeouts in 159.2 innings this season. Scherzer will return to the mound Wednesday in St. Louis.
Scherzer (10-5) gave up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings Sunday in Atlanta. He picked up the win.
While some pitchers may have felt happy or relieved after such a start, Scherzer's postgame comments were less cheery as he expressed frustration at how long it took him to return to this form. He came into this start with a 4.40 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 14.1 innings over his only three outings since the end of July. Hopefully this is a sign that he is over the back issues that plagued him this summer. He will face this same Braves lineup in his next start Friday, although this time he will take the ball at home.
Scherzer allowed four earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven across six innings Tuesday against the Mets. He did not factor into the decision.
Scherzer ran into very little trouble besides the fourth inning, when he surrendered all of his hits and earned runs in the outing. Otherwise, he looked strong, racking up 15 swinging strikes on 90 total pitches. While his pitch count was similar to his most recent outing, he was able to work more more than 4.1 innings for the first time since coming off the injured list Aug. 22. Scherzer will look to continue his return to form Sunday in a tough matchup at Atlanta.
Scherzer will be good for "90-plus pitches" during Tuesday's start against the Mets, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Scherzer was able to fire 89 pitches in his last outing, and the Nationals are expected to let him exceed that pitch count Tuesday, assuming he feels good throughout his start. Skipper Dave Martinez stated that he believes his ace won't need to be held back for much longer, and that "he turns a corner today, and he's full-go."
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