Injured Max Scherzer may not be ready for start of Nationals season

BY Lindsey Foltin • February 16, 2017

There is growing concern at Washington Nationals camp that their ace Max Scherzer may not be ready for the start of the regular season.




The right-hander was diagnosed with what the club called a "stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger" in December.

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Back in January, Scherzer took to social media to address the injury and express his disappointment for missing the World Baseball Classic, via Twitter:

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But at Nationals camp in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday, Scherzer told reporters that he was unsure he would be ready for the start of the season.

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Manager Dusty Baker is thinking of alternative plans in case Scherzer isn't ready.

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Scherzer, the 2016 National League Cy Young winner, was 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA in 228-plus innings in 2016. He struck out 284 batters, including a spectacular 20-strikeout performance against the Detroit Tigers on May 11.



There was some good news at Nationals camp as Stephen Straburg looked ready to return after an injury-marred 2016 campaign.

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