Max Scherzer hasn't been told when he'll pitch again

Chris Lingebach
August 16, 2019 - 4:18 pm

Nationals ace Max Scherzer says he's ready to pitch again but doesn't know when he'll be cleared.

Scherzer threw a simulated game on Tuesday, and told reporters he wasn't feeling any discomfort the following day, which so far has been the biggest hangup in his return from a strained rhomboid muscle in his back.

"I'm progressing on the program to get back (unintelligible) pitching in the big leagues," Scherzer told 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Friday, presented by F.H. Furr.

"We got it under control," he said. "It's a process of trying to heal and strengthen at the same time."

The Nationals host the Brewers for a pivotal weekend series beginning Friday. Milwaukee trails Washington by 2.5 games in the NL Wild Card race.

Patrick Corbin will start for Washington Friday, but it hasn't announced its starters for Saturday and Sunday, leaving the door open for a potential Scherzer return.

"Do you know when you're pitching yet?" Scherzer was asked.

"No, I don't," he said.

"So then it's probably not tomorrow, right?" Paulsen noted. "You would already know that."

"Well, it's up to the trainers and doctors having final calls on everything," said Scherzer. "For me, that's their call, that's their decision, and so I'll follow their lead."

Asked what's left for him to show the medical staff to prove he's ready to pitch, Scherzer said, "It's probably everything. It's day to day. It's what I feel and how I'm progressing through it, and I know that as soon as I'm good in their eyes, I'm back out there."

Scherzer earlier this week stated his desire to return to the big leagues right away, rather than taking a rehab start in the minors first.

Asked if that's still how he feels, Scherzer said, "Yeah, obviously. I mean, every player never wants to have to do a rehab assignment. You just feel like it's just more days away from being on a big league team if you're ready to go. I made that known, but I'm also smart enough to realize that you've got to listen to the experts here."

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