Your fantasy team just got a lot worse. After hitting his first career home run and going 1-2-3 in the first inning against Miami, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer left Tuesday’s game after throwing a warm-up pitch.
Scherzer apparently “slept funny” the night before and is now suffering neck spasms, and pointed to his neck as he walked off the mound before the start of the bottom of the second.
Scherzer has been one of the dominant pitchers over the last few years, and currently leads the National League with 201 strikeouts while posting a 12-5 record and a 2.23 ERA. Only time will tell how this will affect the Nationals’ playoff run, but with a 13.0 game lead over Miami and being the only NL East team above .500, it doesn’t look like a tremendous threat.
Right now, the Nationals, who have a policy of not releasing injury updates during the game, have only said that he took himself out of the game as a precaution, so we’ll have to wait and see how he deals with this injury. According to The Washington Post, Scherzer hasn’t spent time on the DL since 2009 when he spent 16 days down with a sore shoulder.
If Scherzer is down for an extended period of time, Washington would have to make due without two of their strongest arms as Stephen Strasburg continues to recover from nerve injuries.
Again, don’t expect this to affect the National’s playoff hopes, but get shopping to fill this big hole on your fantasy team.