Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 days ago

Scherzer gave up two hits and three walks while striking out seven in five shutout innings during Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

Three of those K's came against a horribly overmatched Tim Tebow, but Scherzer still looked to be nearly in regular season form against a lineup that included five Mets regulars. He'll get one more exhibition game to boost his pitch count before making his first start April 6 in a home game against the Marlins.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
1 week ago

Scherzer, who threw 73 pitches over 4.2 innings in his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday, threw with his normal grip and says his the finger issue is completely behind him, MLB.com's Jamal Collier reports.

EDGE Analysis

He gave up one run on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in the outing, and aims to log two more exhibition starts. This puts him on track to start the third game of the season on Mar. 6 against the Marlins. Stephen Strasburg and Tanner Roark line up to start the first two games of the season.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
1 week ago

Scherzer (finger) allowed one run and struck out four batters on 73 pitches over 4.2 innings in his 2017 Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Jamal Collier reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scherzer gave up five hits and one walk in a solid but far from dominant performance. He's scheduled to make two more exhibition appearances, with his first regular-season start thus lining up for the Nationals' third game -- Apr. 6 against the Marlins. Stephen Strasburg and Tanner Roark, respectively, are lined up to pitch the first two contests. Scherzer may be on a pitch count early in the year, but it shouldn't be overly strict.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
1 week ago

Scherzer (finger) is lined up to start the Nationals' third game of the season on Apr. 6 against the Marlins, MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports.

EDGE Analysis

He is taking the mound for his first Grapefruit League start Wednesday, and has been cleared for everything, including hitting. Scherzer will then make two more spring starts and if everything goes as planned, he will have built up his workload to the point that he could start the third game of the season. This is obviously the most optimistic projection, but there appears to be a very real chance that he does not miss a turn in the rotation.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 weeks ago

Scherzer (finger) said he thinks he'll need three Grapefruit League starts to get his stamina up and be ready to take his turn in the rotation when the regular season begins, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There's just enough time left in the spring for Scherzer to get that much work in, assuming he makes his first Grapefruit League appearance as scheduled next Wednesday, which would then put the 32-year-old on track to pitch as soon as the Nats' third game of the season, Apr. 6 against the Marlins. He'll need to make it through Wednesday's game without aggravating his finger issue before the team will begin to look that far ahead with their ace, however.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 weeks ago

Per pitching coach Mike Maddux, Scherzer (finger) will pitch in a Grapefruit League game in six days, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off the heels of an appearance in a minor league game, it seems like "Mad Max" is well on his way in his rehab from the finger injury that has sidelined him thus far. It's unclear how much he'll pitch in this outing or how this outing affects his uncertain availability for Opening Day, but things should become clearer once he actually takes the hill in the aforementioned major league game.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 weeks ago

Scherzer (finger) threw 54 pitches in a minor league game, allowing two runs while walking three, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to Janes, the ace's secondary offerings were "sharper than you might expect," so it seems like he isn't experiencing much difficulty in his throwing as of now. However, manager Dusty Baker still is leery about Scherzer's chances of being ready by Opening Day, going as far as to state that the Cy Young winner "probably" wouldn't be ready by then. This outing is a good progression for Scherzer nonetheless, as he'll likely use this as a springboard to appear in Grapefruit League games in the near future. His status moving forward should become clearer as he gets more game action.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 weeks ago

Manager Dusty Baker said Scherzer (finger) "at this point, probably" will not be ready for Opening Day, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rightfully, Washington is not rushing the two-time Cy Young Award winner's recovery, though "Mad Max" hasn't experienced setbacks. He's set for a minor league contest Friday and may see Grapefruit League action sometime next week. This longer spring training period, scheduled due to the World Baseball Classic, may prevent Scherzer from missing more than a couple of regular-season starts. As long as he's making progress up until fantasy owners' draft day, Scherzer still will belong among the top handful of starting pitchers selected or purchased in mixed leagues.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
2 weeks ago

Scherzer is scheduled to throw three innings in a minor league game Friday as the next stage of his recovery from the stress fracture in his right ring finger knuckle, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

That could put him on track to see his first Grapefruit League action of the spring in the middle of next week, giving him a little under two weeks to round into shape before Opening Day. "Ideally, we just want him to feel ready," Nats manager Dusty Baker said. "He's a little bit behind but not as far behind as it looked like he was going to be at the beginning. He's back on pace I think." Scherzer's still using a three-fingered grip on his fastball and will continue to do so until the knuckle is fully healed, but otherwise he was able to use his entire arsenal during Sunday's simulated game. There are hurdles yet to overcome, but Mad Max's outlook for April is trending in the right direction.

Max Scherzer
SP WSH
3 weeks ago

Scherzer (finger) took the mound in a simulated game Sunday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Nationals initially had Scherzer on tap to throw a live batting practice session Sunday, but the decision to let him take part in a simulated game instead suggests he might be coming along a little better from the stress fracture in his ring finger than expected. He'll still likely be held to a strict pitch limit Sunday, and the Nationals will presumably wait and see how he comes out of the session before determining his next course of action.