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.