Manager Matt Williams said Escobar "felt pretty good" Saturday morning. He will receive an MRI.
Two other Nationals regulars are out of Saturday's lineup: Catcher
Espinosa connected on a 2-1 pitch from Sean O'Sullivan and sent it over the center field wall. Espinosa finished the game 1 for 3 and drew a walk.
He's now batting .286/.444/.786 for the season.
With Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond on base, Harper crushed a 1-2 pitch off of Sean O'Sullivan to center field. It was Harper's third home run of the season.
Harper is now hitting .250/.375/.500 for the season. He finished Friday's game 1 for 2 and drew two walks.
Making his major-league debut,
With the game in hand, Rivero entered the game in a no-pressure situation. He did allow three hits and an earned run, which was scored via a Ryan Howard RBI single. His fastball was clocking in the mid-90s, which helped him strike out Cody Asche and Darin Ruf.
Scherzer gave up only one earned run, which came in the third inning. Scherzer was in command the entire game, dictating the tempo with each batter. He struck out nine hitters and walked zero.
"I'm just glad he's on my team," right fielder Bryce Harper said, per MLB.com. "He's one of the best in all of baseball. I've been saying that since Spring Training. Him going out there, being able to go seven or eight strong for us, it's very impressive. He's a bulldog out there, he's got that mentality that he wants to kick your teeth in and really go at it, and he's very, very good out there."
He only gave up four hits through the game.
Scherzer's next projected start is on April 23 against the Cardinals.
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