Scherzer said he'll start Saturday's Grapefruit League opener versus the Astros, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. The Nationals may have preferred to ease Scherzer into spring training, but the 35-year-old has been champing at the bit to get back to work after a combination of back, shoulder and neck issues kept him from reaching the 200-inning threshold in 2019. Scherzer reported to camp fully healthy and completed a two-inning live batting practice session without incident Wednesday, telling Zuckerman afterward that he feels exactly how he wants to at this stage of the spring. Despite a somewhat disappointing 2019 campaign relative to his lofty standards, Scherzer still looks like a worthy option in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts.
Scherzer (neck) said the cortisone shot worked and that he will pitch Game 7 of the World Series at Houston on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Manager Dave Martinez said as much prior to Game 6, but now that the Nationals forced the winner-take-all game, Scherzer is officially set to take the mound. The veteran right-hander actually warmed up during the seventh inning of Game 6 on Tuesday, and according to Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic there were scenarios laid out where he would enter the game, despite Martinez indicating otherwise beforehand. Regardless, Scherzer and Zack Greinke will matchup for the final game of the 2019 season.
Scherzer (neck) is not available out of the bullpen for Game 6 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday but would start Game 7 on Wednesday if the Nationals extend the series with a win, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports. A cortisone shot did its job after Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to back and neck spasms. He's been cleared to pitch following a successful throwing session prior to Tuesday's game but will not be used out of the bullpen despite previous reports that he'd be available.
Scherzer (neck) will start Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday if the Nationals win Game 6 on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The 35-year-old was scratched from his scheduled start for Game 5 of the series Sunday after spasms in his back and neck worsened, but threw in the outfield prior to Game 6 on Tuesday and told reporters that he felt good. He'll be available out of the bullpen for Game 6 if needed, so it's possible that his status for Game 7 could change if he is used Tuesday. Scherzer owns a 2.16 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 25 innings pitched this postseason.
Scherzer (neck) will be available out of the bullpen if necessary for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. Scherzer was scratched from Game 5 on Sunday due to neck and back spasms, but he threw in the outfield prior to Tuesday's game and told reporters that he felt good. The Nationals would likely prefer that he start Game 7 on Wednesday, but they'll have to win Tuesday to get there and could turn to him if necessary. In other news, reports Tuesday indicated that he's been pitching through a broken finger all year, though that clearly hasn't held him back thus far and is unlikely to suddenly become a problem now.