Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer was scratched from Friday's start against the San Diego Padres because of a neck injury, according to MASN's Mark Zuckerman. Ryan Zimmerman accounted for both runs with his 28th homer and has enjoyed success against scheduled Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin, going 6-for-18 with a pair of blasts and five RBIs.
The Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres meet Friday in Major League Baseball action at Petco Park. As the starting rotation stands, the Nationals will need a starter Wednesday against the Astros in Houston.
We're getting a hot Nationals squad and the NL CY Young favorite for only -200, which is great value when you consider some of these other pitchers who are getting big lines just because the team they're playing is trash. Fedde hasn't pitched since allowing two runs in seven innings for Class AAA Syracuse on August 13. The Washington Nationals have won 11 of their last 13 games when allowing four or less runs.More news: Suit: Poland Spring packaging info is all wet
Scherzer has recently dealt with neck discomfort, which forced him to pull himself from a start after one inning in Miami on August 1. The latest issue, which he compared to what he experienced a few weeks back, is now occurring on the opposite side of his neck. He is also second among all starters in ERA (behind only Clayton Kershaw) and strikeouts (behind Chris Sale).
"Once you know a problem, then you have to try to find a solution". But this just came up.
That said, for the time being it's only clear that Scherzer will miss tonight's start and one more scheduled outing.