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Nationals ace Scherzer placed on IL

Reuters | Updated: 14-07-2019 04:44 IST | Created: 14-07-2019 04:43 IST
Nationals ace Scherzer placed on IL
Scherzer experienced soreness in his middle back after his last outing on July 6 against the Kansas City Royals. Image Credit: Twitter (@BaseballQuotes1)

The Washington Nationals placed ace right-hander Max Scherzer on the 10-day injured list on Saturday due to back issues. The move is retroactive to July 10.

Scherzer experienced soreness in his middle back after his last outing on July 6 against the Kansas City Royals. He was slated to start Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies but was scratched from that outing on Friday. He also pulled out of the All-Star Game because of his back.

Scherzer underwent an MRI exam that came back negative, so the three-time Cy Young winner was expecting to avoid a stint on the IL. "This is not a major thing," Scherzer told reporters on Friday. "We know exactly what this is, we know it's muscular. The pause for concern is that we tried to get it going for the Kansas City start, and it just wasn't able to recover from the Kansas City start. Now, you got to go on a little different protocol to make sure I'm 100 percent right before I step on the mound again."

The red-hot Scherzer is 7-0 with a 0.84 ERA over his past nine starts. The 34-year-old is 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA in 19 starts this season. Washington filled the roster vacancy by recalling catcher Spencer Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg. The 28-year-old Kieboom is batting .213 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 38 games for Harrisburg.

--Field Level Media


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