Nationals ace Max Scherzer, dealing with a stress fracture in his right ring finger, told the media he will be ready for the start of the regular season, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. “I’m gonna do it,” Scherzer said.
Manager Dusty Baker said, “He’s a little bit behind but not as far behind as it looked like he was going to be at the beginning. He’s back on pace I think.”
Scherzer, 32, is the defending National League Cy Young Award winner. He went 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA and a 284/56 K/BB ratio in 228 1/3 innings last season, helping the Nationals return to the postseason.
Scherzer would be the Nationals’ Opening Day starter if he’s healthy. If he is not healthy enough, Stephen Strasburg would likely get the honor.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.