Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer will be available out of the bullpen if he's needed for Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday, Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since Scherzer won't be able to make another start after toeing the rubber during Game 3 against the Cubs on Monday, he will be active in a relief role for the remainder of the series according to general manager Mike Rizzo, with "all hands on deck" as the team faces elimination. During Monday's outing, Scherzer allowed just one earned run off one hit and three walks while striking out seven in 6.1 innings.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer (hamstring) was named as the starter for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer was able to go through a bullpen session Friday, and should be good to go for Game 3 in Chicago. Manager Dusty Baker also confirmed that Gio Gonzalez will take the mound for Game 2 on Saturday. With Scherzer throwing Monday, he won't be able to make two starts this series, but could be an option out of the bullpen during a pivotal Game 5, if it's necessary.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer (hamstring) will likely take the mound for Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Dusty Baker doesn't want to push Scherzer too hard, and will go with Gio Gonzalez for the second game of the series, giving the right-hander a couple more days to recover from his hamstring injury. Although Scherzer was expected to throw a bullpen Thursday, the only activity he wound up doing was a little catch on the side, adding to the club's' precaution over their star pitcher. Baker will likely announce confirmation that Scherzer is set for Monday's tilt in the near future, which will essentially limit his availability to just one contest during the NLDS.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer (hamstring) will toss a bullpen session Thursday, Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Dusty Baker has held off on announcing his rotation for the NLDS, besides listing Stephen Strasburg as Friday's Game 1 starter, which leaves Scherzer's status up in the air as to whether he will be able to go Saturday for Game 2, or wait until the series heads to Chicago for Game 3. It appears as though the club wants to see how Scherzer's bullpen session goes before making a decision, so expect an announcement within the near future.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer (hamstring) was able to play catch on flat ground Wednesday, but did not partake in his previously planned bullpen session, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer threw from the stretch and windup off flat ground, and looked relatively pleased following about 10 minutes of catch. Although he failed to make an appearance in the bullpen, everything seems to be in line for the right-hander to take the mound for Game 3 of the NLDS once the series moves to Chicago. Nothing has been announced at this point, but there is sure to be an update coming from manager Dusty Baker in the near future as to Scherzer's status.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer (hamstring) is hoping to start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cubs, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer tweaked his right hamstring during his final start of the regular season, though he remains adamant that the issue won't keep him from pitching in the NLDS. The Nationals aren't expected to announce their NLDS rotation until after Scherzer's scheduled bullpen session Wednesday, but if everything goes well, it sounds like he could make his first start of the postseason in Chicago on Monday. If Scherzer is cleared to pitch Game 3, Stephen Strasburg would get the ball for Game 1, with Gio Gonzalez the likely option to start Game 2.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer still doesn't know when he'll be able to pitch next, but there will hopefully be a clearer idea regarding that after Wednesday's bullpen. Stephen Strasburg appears to be in line to start Game 1 of the NLDS, but If Scherzer gets through Wednesday with no issues, he would be lined up to start Game 2 agains the Cubs. For what it's worth, the ace told Zuckerman "oh, I'm pitching in the NLDS," after tossing from flat Tuesday.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Scherzer (hamstring) threw off flat ground using his pitching motion Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

It remains to be seen when Scherzer will take the ball in the NLDS against the Dodgers, but Stephen Strasburg appears to be on track to start Friday -- he was throwing a bullpen session Tuesday. Nationals beat writers were raving about how unimpeded Scherzer seemed by the hamstring issue during this bullpen session, so he appears on track to start in this first series.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Scherzer's hamstring injury will likely impact the team's rotation order for the NLDS, the Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The series against the Cubs begins Friday, with Game 2 on tap Saturday, and Game 3 scheduled for Monday Oct. 9 in Chicago. If Scherzer is unable to pitch in Friday or Saturday's game, he'll likely be limited to just one start in the series since Game 4 is set for Oct. 10 and Game 5 falls on Oct. 12. For now, Scherzer remains day-to-day.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 months ago

An MRI on Scherzer's injured hamstring revealed a "minor tweak", Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. His availability for Game 1 of the NLDS remains uncertain.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer exited Saturday's contest in the fourth inning with an apparent leg injury that the team classified as a hamstring cramp after the game. A subsequent MRI revealed no significant damage, but the Nationals' ace still isn't sure if he'll be able to suit up for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Scherzer said that he's been able to run with no issues, but he'll have to wait and see how the injury progresses over the next few days before committing to a Game 1 start.