Max Scherzer left last night’s game against the Marlins after just one inning due to neck discomfort. While that caused some Nats fans to freak out for a few minutes, it turns out he’s OK.
In fact, the Nats are saying that Scherzer will be able to make his next scheduled start, no problem:
“It’s just day by day with this thing,” Scherzer said. “This isn’t an injury where I crashed or did something stupid. . . . I slept on it wrong. Sometimes you wake up in the morning and you have a crick in your neck. That’s what it is. I’ve had this in the past.”
Scherzer, the likely NL Cy Young Award winner, barring anything crazy happening, is 12-5 with a 2.21 ERA and an astounding 201/36 K/BB ratio in 146.1 innings this year.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.