WASHINGTON– The Nationals just can’t catch a break as Max Scherzer will be shut down for the next two days after feeling on back pain when he woke up this morning according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post.
Scherzer underwent an MRI and received a stem cell shot under his right shoulder. Friday (today) will count as the first day. Scherzer has received a stem cell shot earlier in his career and made his next start.
Scherzer said he felt back pain after his start against Kansas City in early July but it was worse than what he experienced this morning. Scherzer took the bump last night against the Colorado Rockies pitching five innings, allowing three runs and stuck out eight.
Scherzer’s back has been bothering him since his start in Detroit in late July before sticking it out until the All-star break which caused him to miss the All-star game. Scherzer saw no progress with the original treatments doctors gave him before and a week after the All-star game.
Team doctors and Scherzer originally believed the injury was a mid-back strain but after seeing little-to-no progress the injury has now been diagnosed as Scapulothoracic bursitis.
Scherzer had to google what Scapulothoracic bursitis was when the test results were revealed to him this week received a cortisone shot on July 16 which is supposed to help eliminate the pain in five-to-six days.
Scherzer said that he realized it wasn’t a mid-back strain when his body didn’t respond to the treatment and saw a doctor on July 15 which led to a cortisone shot on July 16.
Scherzer just finished his most dominant run as a starter during the month of June where he went 6-0 in six starts to “right the ship” on the Nats season.
He also pitched to a 1.00 ERA (only five earned in 45 innings) 68 strikeouts and five walks in six starts.
The Nationals have the best record in baseball since May 26 and much of the season turnaround and surge can be accredited to Scherzer’s intensity and success on the mound.
On the season Scherzer is pitching to a 5.2 WAR which is good for second best among all pitchers in baseball. Scherzer has also pitched to a 2.41 ERA but has been a better pitcher than his ERA states as he’s pitched to a 2.09 FIP which ranks first among all pitchers.