Washington Nationals veteran ace Max Scherzer abandoned his outing Wednesday against the New York Mets after an inning with an apparent injury.
Actually bothered him during his last start vs. Toronto. Was fine, then tweaked again yesterday. Thought he could pitch tonight, felt he was OK during warmups. But Suzuki didn’t like how ball was coming out of his hand in 1st, and they decided no reason to risk it.
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman)
August 6, 2020
Fortunately, Scherzer is not dealing with an arm problem. He says he has a hamstring problem that broke out during the game, as journalist Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com was one of those he covered on Twitter.
The game broadcast showed how Scherzer jumped off the mound and then had a pained expression on his face after running to first base on a JD Davis groundout. The also right Erick Fedde replaced Scherzer from the second episode.
Scherzer’s night ended after just 27 pitches (14 strikes and 13 balls). He allowed one run and one hit, walked and struck out one. His fastball averaged 93.3 mph, below his season average (94.7 mph). That has become typical for several starters this freak season.
It had exhibited speed in the bottom ninety miles, not necessarily a bright red flag in its own right, but one step below its typical heat.
Scherzer had started his 13th season in full. He started the game with 21 strikeouts and a 2.84 ERA in 12.2 innings. In his last outing on July 29, he posted his 25th game with at least 10 strikeouts and no earned runs allowed.
The Nationals’ pitching rotation has already been hit with injuries this season. Stephen Strasburg has yet to debut in 2020 due to a right nerve problem. Due to Strasburg’s injury, the Nats had an arm available to replace Scherzer and start the second inning.
Fedde, who was the final candidate for the fifth starting spot, has replaced Strasburg’s two lost starts. Fedde started the game with a 3.68 ERA and pitched three one-run innings.
It had released 3 1/3 chapters in its last opening last Thursday. Despite Austin Voth receiving fifth place in the rotation, Fedde has remained ready this season as if it were about to begin. In 2019, he was 4-2 with a 4.48 ERA in 12 starts.
Fedde said last week:
It’s a season where things are really crazy. Injuries can happen, and at this point, it’s easier to be prepared for starts than anything outside of the bullpen. “