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Max Scherzer, Nationals start quietly for World Series champions

Max Scherzer grunted and cursed his way to 56 pitches during his first formal bullpen session of spring training – about 20 more throws than other Washington Nationals starters Thursday, but “standard“ for him, the righty said – and then was asked about … the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal.

Max Scherzer will start NL wild-card game for Nationals

The Nationals don’t know which team they’ll face in the NL wild-card game or where it will be played, but they do know this: Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer will be their starting pitcher.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer declares himself ready to return

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer says he is ready to get in a game for the Washington Nationals and come off the injured list. Scherzer played catch at Nationals Park a day after throwing the equivalent of about two innings in a simulated game. He said he’s able to return to action following a back muscle problem and doesn’t want to go to the minors for a rehab start. Manager Dave Martinez said he still needed to speak to Scherzer and a trainer before deciding on his ace’s status.

A day after returning from IL, Max Scherzer has strained back

Washington ace Max Scherzer received a stem cell shot to treat his strained back and hopes to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against Atlanta. Scherzer returned from the injured list Thursday and in his first start since July 6 allowed three runs and four hits over five innings during an 8-7 loss to Colorado. He had been sidelined by inflammation under his right shoulder. An MRI revealed the mid-back strain. Scherzer will not throw for two days.

Nats’ Max Scherzer slated to return Thursday against Rockies

Nationals ace Max Scherzer is slated to start Thursday against the Colorado after recovering from inflammation under his right shoulder. The 34-year-old right-hander threw a bullpen session before Washington’s game against the Rockies on Monday was postponed. An All-Star for the seventh straight season, Scherzer is 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA but has not pitched since July 6. He was 7-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last seven starts.

Max Scherzer won’t start for Nats against Atlanta this weekend

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer won’t come off the 10-day injured list to start for Washington against Atlanta this weekend. Scherzer was given a cortisone shot this week to address inflammation in his bursa sac under his right shoulder blade.

Nationals place ace Max Scherzer on 10-day injury list

The Washington Nationals have put Max Scherzer on the 10-day injury list because the ace right-hander has a mid-back strain. An MRI on Scherzer’s back came back negative, and the three-time Cy Young Award winner had his start pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday. But he was placed on the injury list retroactive to July 10 after throwing a bullpen session before Saturday’s game.

Max Scherzer’s next start pushed back because of sore back

The Washington Nationals are pushing back Max Scherzer’s next start because the ace right-hander is dealing with back soreness. Manager Dave Martinez says an MRI on Scherzer’s back came back negative, and the three-time Cy Young Award winner threw from 75 feet.

Nationals’ Max Scherzer suffers broken nose during bunting drill

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer suffered a broken nose when he took a ball off his face during batting practice. Scherzer was injured while attempting a bunt. The team said a CT scan was negative. Scherzer is scheduled to start on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Nationals say his status is still to be determined.