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Britt McHenry ESPN 

Max Scherzer says his knuckle injury is "behind him." Was happy to get through 4 innings and come into the 5th. Happy with where he's at in the rotation approaching the season.

Scherzer: 'I'm through this injury' (1:20)

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Max Scherzer isn't looking to take it easy after his first start of the spring: "pitchers pitch, builders build." Says he's on track for first week of the season.


Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Max Scherzer discusses his pitching grip with coaches pregame. Scherzer has been dealing with pain in his right ring finger when throwing

Baker anticipates Scherzer will pitch in opening series (0:43)

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Max Scherzer warming up now before his first start of the spring. Looked frustrated with a few of his pitches.

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12hEddie Matz

Nats' Scherzer on track for opening series

Max Scherzer, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his right ring finger, faced major league hitters Wednesday as he prepares to open the season as the Nationals' No. 3 pitcher.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats ace Max Scherzer won't start Opening Day, but he will start opening week, if all goes well. Skipper Dusty Baker said that Scherzer, who faces live major-league hitters for the first time this spring today (@ Cardinals), is slated to start Washington's third game of the season against the Marlins.

Britt McHenry ESPN 

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said as of this moment Max Scherzer is slated third in the rotation. Said he could go about 4 innings today.

Britt McHenry ESPN 

Nationals catcher Matt Wieters joked Max Scherzer invented a new pitch w/ a 3 finger fastball. Scherzer pitched like that down the stretch of last season to help w/ pain in his ring finger knuckle. Scherzer takes the mound today against the Cardinals

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

I know we should always be wary of spring training numbers - but Bryce Harper and Yoenis Cespedes both have more HR than strikeouts!


BBTN: Will Harper Or Machado Get The Bigger Pay Day?

Buster Olney, Karl Ravech and Justin Havens debate if they'd rather sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado to a long-term deal. Plus, Marlins President of Baseball Ops Mike Hill discusses the latest Jose Fernandez revelations, Giancarlo Stanton and more. Plus, Chelsea Janes provides some "Inside Heat" on the Nationals.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

Scherzer (finger) likely to miss Nats' opener

A stress fracture in his right ring finger will most likely keep reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer from pitching in the Nationals' opener against the Marlins on April 3.

ESPN Stats and Information  

20 Days until Opening Day on ESPN! Max Scherzer struck out 20 batters in 9 IP on May 11, 2016 against one of his former teams, the Tigers. Scherzer's was the 5th outing in MLB history with 20 K in 9 IP and the first since Randy Johnson's in 2001.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25617th
On Base Percentage.32610th
Slugging Percentage.42611th
Earned Run Average3.512nd
Quality Starts924th

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