Max Scherzer to miss next start against Phillies with back tightness

Chris Lingebach
July 12, 2019 - 5:25 pm
Max Scherzer to miss next start against Phillies with back tightness

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer will not make his scheduled start against this Phillies this Sunday, as first reported by Carol Maloney for MASN.

Scherzer tells Maloney back tightness is the culprit, but it should only push back his next start by "days."

Nats skipper Dave Martinez has since confirmed Scherzer underwent an MRI on his middle back, which came back negative.

After the Phillies, the Nats travel to Baltimore for two games with the Orioles, and then to Atlanta, for a four-game series against the division leaders.

Anibal Sanchez will start in place of Scherzer against the Phillies on Sunday.

The Nationals had Kyle McGowin and fellow right-handed pitchers Austin Voth and Erick Fedde stashed at nearby Double-A Harrisburg. McGowin was recalled from Harrisburg Friday afternoon, while lefty reliever Jonny Venters was placed on the 10-day Injured List – retroactive to July 8 – with a left shoulder strain.

If the Nats can manage to get by with a combination of McGowin – and either Voth or Fedde – against the Orioles, then they could open their series in Atlanta next Thursday with the more traditional rotation of a hopefully healthy Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin, all on regular rest because of the off-day on Monday, leaving the final game to Sanchez the following Sunday.

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