When Washington Nationals considered that Max Scherzer day could return from the injured list – Thursday or Friday – they looked a way in the future.
Manager Dave Martinez outlined this approach before 7:05 pm. a matchup with the Colorado Rockies Tuesday. If Scherzer came from the injured list on Friday, blocking any obstacles, he could face the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves next week. But if it comes from Thursday, and a regular presence in the rotation, Scherzer would be taking up critical divisional games to set the stretch.
And there was another perk there. Scherzer's Thursday return would schedule to go into the National League wild card game.
“We accept that it is,” said Martinez, with a smile, when asked whether it meant that Scherzer would start for Washington in that case. “I hope we are not the wildcard team. But, sitting down, we sat down and mapped everything out from that day. ”
Martinez hopes that the Nationals of the game can only avoid the division to win, and they enter Tuesday yet 6 1/2 games behind the Braves. But the most important development, now, is that Scherzer is coming back from inflammation in the bursa under his right shoulder blade. He was initially diagnosed with a mid-back pressure and went to the IL 10 days on 13 July. up with the Rockies in the final round of a four-game series.
Scherzer was trying to lobby last Sunday, a day before he wore an expanded party at National Park. Martinez had to keep him out, but for a few days, he was encouraged when Scherzer felt good after the bullying session. Scherzer spent the field on the Tuesday and he played the son of Howie Kendrick's son. He is preparing as if it were Thursday to take the mound.
“Listen, we know Max,” says Martinez. “He wants to park today, he wants to park tomorrow, he wants to park on Friday, Sunday, Sunday. So you know, Thursday is a day. ”
After Scherzer, the rest of the week allows a little bit for Washington. As the Monday game was postponed due to the weather, setting up a bicentenary on Wednesday, one beginner will be required to fill the rotation this Saturday. Stephen Strasburg will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, a mix of Erick Fedde (1:05 pm) and Patrick Corbin (7:05). rest.
Thereafter comes Strasburg, but it will be needed until Sunday to get four regular days between start. So when Washington needs an extra hand, and it's like Joe Ross could supply that. Martinez Ross stated as a candidate on Saturday. The 26-year-old faces of the Braves on Sunday gave up three in five five innings plus, and they impressed Martinez by entering first after rocky. Austin Voth, who was a fifth of the team before biceps joined tendinitis started up, can not come from the injured list until Sunday at the earliest.
Ross seemed to be the logical player who would describe him when Scherzer was ready to be activated. Now, with a double commander, the Nationals need to keep it around the weekend.
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