Max Scherzer injury just mild irritation to Nationals

六月 6, 2019 in 最新消息

I’ll preface this column by saying Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg are not the 2010s version of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. Dusty Baker shouldn’t need to worry about that comp (or aboutSteve Bartman, for that matter).What should stre s Baker is that Scherzer, one of the fiercest competitors in baseball, took himself out of his startTuesday for the Nationals vs. the Marlins after one inning because of what was later termed neck spasms. Judging by the beeline Scherzer made for the dugout, it’s po sible he will join Strasburg (elbow) on the Nats’ disabled list, if only briefly.MORE: Trade Erick Aybar Jersey deadline winners, losersBut the absence should be brief, because of why Scherzer was sore in the first place:Nationals say Max Scherzer had a neck spasms, after sleeping on it funny. Took himself out as a precaution. Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) August 2, 2017In fact, Scherzer told reporters after the game he was “all right." He was even able to joke about how the stiff neck helped him hit his first major league home run. And here’s why the Wood-Prior punchline falls apart: ThoughStrasburg is not what you’d call durable in his eighth major league season and Scherzer may mi s time this month, Baker isn’t abusing the pair. Strasburg averagedsix innings per start before hitting the DL, which is slightly above league average.Scherzer was averaging seven-plus before Tuesday, which is just atick above his career average. He hadmade 30 or more starts for eight consecutive seasons prior to this year.So, no, Baker isn’t riding his horses too hard in pursuit of a first world title for the franchise. In this case, it’s just “Injuries happen." In Scherzer’s case, it looks like a minorfreak injury.The goodnews for Baker and the Nats is they can afford to be without their top two starters for a period. No one is gaining on them in the NL East; each of the other four teams is well under .500. The Nats could, in theory, use the final two months to make sure Byron Buxton Jersey Scherzer and Strasburg are right heading into the playoffs.The team’s current remaining starters are Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark, Edwin Jackson and rookie Erick Fedde. Gonzalez has been stellar and Roark is bouncing back from a period of awfulne s. There isn’t much help available at Triple-A Syracuse, though.A.J. Cole might be the best option, and he has a 5.66 ERA. (UPDATE: Cole will make a spot start in Wednesday’s series finale in Miami.)GATTO: Gonzalez, Gordon and ’16′ intersect on emotional nightThe lack of minor league depth might be the best reason general manager Mike Rizzo should make a waiver trade for a bottom-of-the-rotation starter in August. Again, though, the need isn’t pre sing. Strasburg is Paul Molitor Jersey close to returning and Scherzer might not bea long-term problem. Rizzomight be better off adding more bullpen arms before the Aug. 31 deadline.Once Scherzer gets the crick out of his neck, the Nats will be set up to roll into October and the NLDS, where theopponent at the moment is . . . the Cubs.