May 12, 2021

Nationals ace Max Scherzer misses start due to fatigue on side (ESPN)


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start against Miami because of fatigue on his right side.

“There’s not even a strain. There’s no MRIs. There’s nothing like that,” Scherzer said. “This is purely just a fatigue and endurance thing.”

The 35-year-old right-hander said his right side has lagged behind the rest of his body as he attempts to build strength in preparation for the season.

The fatigue is in the area of the latissimus dorsi, serratus and oblique muscles.

“It’s the one spot that’s a little bit behind,” Scherzer said.

He currently isn’t feeling pain when he throws.

“In the grand scheme of things, knock on wood, arm, shoulder, elbow, that all feels great,” Scherzer said.

Scherzer had made three spring training starts. He expects to pitch Sunday against the Mets and remain on track to start the World Series champions’ opener on March 26 at New York. Nationals manager Dave Martinez has not announced his opening day starter.

Scherzer last pitched on March 3, allowing two runs in 3 ⅓ innings.

“I recovered, I thought, nicely enough to make it out for my next start, but the training staff saw that I was ahead of…

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