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Max Scherzer | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 211
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (11) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details
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Max Scherzer struck out seven over five innings as the Nationals topped a Mets split-squad 6-0 on Monday.
Scherzer allowed two hits and walked three in an 81-pitch outing. He's all set to take the hill in the Nationals' third game of the regular season despite the late start because of a finger injury. Mar 27 - 4:50 PM

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Max Scherzer pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Scherzer is back using his normal fastball grip without having any issues with the finger in which he suffered a stress fracture. All signs point to him starting the third game of the season for the Nationals.
Mar 22 - 4:05 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday.

"We'll take the training wheels off," pitching coach Mike Maddux told reporters Thursday, after watching Scherzer throw 54 pitches over three innings in a minor league game. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner had been experimenting with a three-finger grip designed to alleviate some of the pressure on his fractured right ring finger, but he used his normal two-finger grip on Thursday and felt fine. Scherzer should be ready to start one of the Nationals' first five regular-season games. And he might still be in play for Opening Day.
Mar 16 - 3:56 PM

Max Scherzer said he used a two-finger fastball grip during his appearance in a minor league game Thursday.

Scherzer had been experimenting with a three-finger grip to alleviate some of the pressure on his right ring finger, which sustained a stress fracture late last season, but he's apparently not going to need it. The ace right-hander threw 55 pitches on Thursday and expects to go 70 pitches next time out, possibly in a Grapefruit League game. "Now I feel back," he told reporters Thursday afternoon. Scherzer might not be ready to start on Opening Day, but it sounds like he won't miss a full turn in the Nationals rotation.
Mar 16 - 2:15 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker acknowledged Thursday that Max Scherzer (finger) probably won't be ready for Opening Day.

Scherzer has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game this spring as he works his way through a stress fracture in his right ring finger that popped up late last season. He is scheduled to throw around three innings in a minor league game Thursday in Nationals camp and will implement his new three-finger fastball grip. There should be a better picture of his status after that outing. Scherzer has pledged that he will not miss a turn in the regular-season rotation, even if he isn't quite ready for the opener.
Mar 16 - 10:16 AM

Max Scherzer (finger) is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Thursday.

That'll be a big step for the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game this spring due to a stress fracture in his right ring finger. Scherzer has been experimenting with a three-finger fastball grip and plans to use it Thursday in his outing at Nationals camp. He told reporters earlier this week that he fully expects to be active for the beginning of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 16 - 9:13 AM

Max Scherzer (finger) pledged Monday that he will be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

That might not mean Opening Day, but the ace right-hander does not expect to miss a turn in the Nationals' season-opening starting rotation. "I'm gonna do it," he told reporters Monday morning. Scherzer is working to get over a stress fracture in his right ring finger and has been experimenting with a three-finger fastball grip. He is tentatively scheduled to pitch in a minor league game this Friday in Nats camp.
Mar 13 - 9:02 AM

MASN Sports' Pete Kerzel writes that Nationals manager Dusty Baker on Thursday "sounded this afternoon like he was already preparing for (the) inevitability" that Max Scherzer (finger) wouldn't be ready for Opening Day.

"Well, we’ve been thinking that all along, sort of," Baker said. "But we’re preparing for that. I mean, it’s hard to count Max out. It just depends on how he progresses the next few weeks. But if not, then we got a couple other candidates that are pretty good, too. So we’re glad that he’s made the progress that he’s made." It certainly doesn't sound like a done deal, but the odds might be pretty good at this point that Scherzer's finger injury will keep him from taking the ball on April 3 versus the Marlins. Perhaps he could just be pushed back a handful of days, but a disabled list stint is very much on the table. Scherzer threw a live batting practice session Tuesday and will throw another one Sunday, but he's running out of time to build up his stamina. A.J. Cole would seem to be the likeliest candidate to fill Scherzer's rotation spot if the reigning National League Cy Young winner misses time.
Source: MASN Sports
Mar 10 - 1:40 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) is expected to throw another live batting practice session Sunday.

There was talk of Scherzer advancing to Grapefruit League action this weekend, but the Nationals want to keep him in a controlled environment as he continues to work back from a stress fracture in his right ring finger. Scherzer has been working on a new three-fingered fastball grip. We've yet to get a good look at it this spring.
Mar 9 - 4:08 PM

Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux indicated Tuesday that Max Scherzer's (finger) next step could be to appear in a Grapefruit League game.

Scherzer got through a live batting practice session on Tuesday with no issues. "See how he feels tomorrow," Maddux said. "And have to entertain maybe a game." The reigning National League Cy Young winner is dealing with a stress fracture in his right ring finger, but hasn't had any pain since altering his fastball grip. It will be interesting to see whether the new three-fingered grip affects Scherzer in a game.
Mar 7 - 4:59 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) made it through his first live batting practice session of the spring on Tuesday.

Scherzer is a bit behind as he makes his way back from a stress fracture in his right ring finger, but he's not feeling any pain with his modified three-fingered fastball grip. Whether it will impact his performance is a legitimate question, so we'll just have to wait and see. He's not sure what the next step is at this point, but game action likely isn't too far off.
Mar 7 - 12:00 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) will throw live batting practice on Tuesday.

It will be the first time this spring that he's faced hitters. Scherzer is being brought along slowly this spring because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger, an ailment that's lingered since last August. He's switched from a two-fingered to a three-fingered grip with his fastball in order to combat the soreness, but it's unclear whether it will hurt the effectiveness of the pitch. The hope is that Scherzer will be ready to pitch in games by the end of next week.
Mar 3 - 11:59 AM

Max Scherzer (finger) will throw his third bullpen session of the spring on Thursday.

He's planning to make 60-70 pitches on a side mound at Nationals camp. Scherzer suffered a stress fracture in his right ring finger late last season and is still working through some discomfort. The ace right-hander is even experimenting with a three-finger fastball grip, and he said Thursday that he's going to try it out in spring games. Scherzer should be ready for his Grapefruit League debut late next week.
Mar 2 - 9:21 AM

Max Scherzer (finger) threw his fastball with an altered three-fingered grip during a bullpen session Saturday.

He usually uses a two-fingered grip, but that's causing him pain due to the stress fracture in his right ring finger which has bothered him since last August. Scherzer will use the same three-fingered grip during another bullpen session Monday and didn't rule out using it in games, too. It's obviously not ideal, but it's better than him not pitching at all.
Feb 26 - 11:34 AM

Max Scherzer (finger) will throw only his secondary stuff in a bullpen session Saturday.

Scherzer is unable to use his fastball grip without feeling pain in his right ring finger, which is still recovering from a stress fracture that he suffered last August. The right-hander hasn't committed to being ready for Opening Day, so this is a situation that obviously should be watched closely over the next month.
Feb 24 - 9:06 AM

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SS1Trea Turner
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3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
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12Jacob Turner