Scherzer still in pain from bro­ken knuckle

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - HOWARD FEN­DRICH

Nei­ther Max Scherzer nor Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als man­ager Dusty Baker is cer­tain the reign­ing NL Cy Young Award win­ner will be ready to pitch when open­ing day rolls around.

That’s be­cause Scherzer is deal­ing with pain from a bro­ken knuckle on the ring fin­ger of his throw­ing hand, an in­jury that arose late sea­son but wasn’t di­ag­nosed un­til De­cem­ber.

Baker said he’s think­ing about contin­gency plans just in case his ace can’t pitch when Wash­ing­ton starts the reg­u­lar sea­son April 3.

“I’ve dealt with aches and pains and strains. This is a whole dif­fer­ent ball­game,” Scherzer said Thurs­day.

“When you start deal­ing with a frac­ture, rest is re­ally your only op­tion to make every­thing heal.”

Thurs­day was the first day of of­fi­cial work­outs for Wash­ing­ton’s pitch­ers and catch­ers at the team’s new spring train­ing fa­cil­ity.

While oth­ers such as Stephen Stras­burg, Tan­ner Roark or Gio Gon­za­lez stood atop a mound for a 10-minute bullpen ses­sion, Scherzer threw else­where.

“There’s noth­ing any of us can do un­til he feels 100 per cent,” Baker said, “and you cer­tainly don’t want to rush him.”

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