Scherzer is scheduled to start Tuesday at Miami, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Scherzer pitched the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader and will now slide ahead of Patrick Corbin in the starting rotation. Assuming the Nationals keep Scherzer on regular rest, he'll complete his two-start week Sunday at Detroit.
Scherzer (6-5) picked up the win in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, allowing four hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out 10 in a 2-0 victory over the Phillies. Heading to the mound with a prominent black eye after breaking his nose during a bunting drill Tuesday, Scherzer was just that much more intimidating, and he struck out the side in his final frame to hit double-digit K's for the sixth time this season. He'll carry a 2.62 ERA and 146:22 K:BB through 106.1 innings into his next outing, likely set for next Wednesday in Miami.
Manager Dave Martinez said Scherzer (nose) will start Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. Scherzer suffered a broken nose during a bunting drill Tuesday, but it won't keep the right-hander from making his scheduled start Wednesday. The veteran has been stellar in three starts this month, compiling a 1.23 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 34:3 K:BB in 22 innings.
Manager Dave Martinez said Scherzer (nose) intends to pitch Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. "He said last night, he's pitching," the skipper said. "He was very adamant about wanting to pitch [Wednesday]." Along with breaking his nose while taking part in a bunting drill Tuesday, Scherzer is dealing with a black eye on the right side of his face, though it doesn't sound like either issue will keep the right-hander from taking the mound for his scheduled start Wednesday. He's expected to speak with the team's athletic trainer early Wednesday, per Kolko, at which point the Nationals will have a clearer idea regarding his status. If Scherzer is ultimately unable to pitch, Austin Voth or Erick Fedde would make a spot start in his place.
General manager Mike Rizzo said that while Scherzer (nose) is "scheduled" to pitch the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Phillies, the right-hander's status for the contest remains undetermined, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. "I think we'll see what happens when he wakes up [Wednesday]," Rizzo said. Scherzer is still recovering from the broken nose he sustained while taking part in a bunting drill Tuesday, putting his availability entirely up in the air. Patrick Corbin is slated to start the first game of the twin bill for the Nationals, and the club also recalled Triple-A Fresno rotation member Austin Voth to serve as the 26th man for the day. If Scherzer's nose is presenting too much discomfort for him to pitch Wednesday, he'll likely be pushed back in the schedule, opening up a start for either Voth or Erick Fedde, according to Dan Kolko of MASN Sports.