Scherzer still in pain from broken knuckle
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.”