Scherzer takes self out of game with ‘neck spasm’

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

MI­AMI | Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als ace Max Scherzer left his team’s game at Mi­ami, walk­ing off the mound shak­ing his head af­ter throw­ing a wild warmup pitch be­fore the bot­tom of the sec­ond in­ning.

The pitch sailed to the back­stop, and Scherzer sig­naled to the dugout that he couldn’t con­tinue. The Na­tion­als broke with their stand­ing pol­icy of not re­leas­ing in-game in­jury in­for­ma­tion when they told re­porters in Mi­ami that Scherzer left with a “neck spasm” af­ter he “slept on it funny.”

Scherzer pitched a 1-2-3 first in­ning Tues­day night, and in the top of the sec­ond he hit a three-run drive for his first ca­reer home run. There was no in­di­ca­tion he hurt him­self bat­ting.

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