NA­TION­ALS JOUR­NAL

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/na­tion­al­sjour­nal — James Wag­ner and Chelsea Janes

Scherzer won’t pitch in All-Star Game

Although the signs pointed to this hap­pen­ing for days, Na­tion­als Man­ager Matt Wil­liams made it of­fi­cial be­fore Satur­day night’s game: Max Scherzer will pitch Sun­day in the Na­tion­als’ first-half fi­nale against the Ori­oles in Bal­ti­more. That means Scherzer, one of the best starters in base­ball this sea­son, will not be el­i­gi­ble to pitch in Tues­day’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

“To be able to go the All-Star Game is still amaz­ing,” he said. “It’s such an honor to go there and rep­re­sent. It is dis­ap­point­ing I won’t be able to pitch.”

Based on ma­jor league rules, pitch­ers who start the Sun­day be­fore an all-star game are pro­hib­ited from pitch­ing in the Midsummer Clas­sic, an ef­fort to pro­tect play­ers from pitch­ing twice in the span of three days. Scherzer still will at­tend the All-Star Game, the third of his ca­reer, with his fam­ily.

Zim­mer­man nears re­hab as­sign­ment

A lit­tle more than a week ago, Ryan Zim­mer­man started full work­outs in Po­tomac, test­ing his left foot with grounders, bat­ting prac­tice and light base run­ning. While field­ing and hit­ting did not cause trou­ble, run­ning ir­ri­tated the plan­tar fasci­itis he has bat­tled since April. Zim­mer­man slowed his pace, de­cid­ing to back off run­ning for a few days while con­tin­u­ing his other work.

Be­gin­ning Fri­day, Zim­mer­man started test­ing the foot again, do­ing what Wil­liams called a “walk/jog” in ad­di­tion to field­ing and bat­ting prac­tice. That is progress be­cause pain-free steps mean the dis­abled list stint is pay­ing off.

As a re­sult, Wil­liams said he be­lieves Zim­mer­man could be ready to be­gin a re­hab as­sign­ment as soon as late next week, af­ter the two-day mi­nor league all-star breaks. He did what Wil­liams called “a full load” of work be­fore Satur­day’s game and took bat­ting prac­tice with his team­mates on the field.

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