Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Nationals starter Max Scherzer expects to throw 100 pitches in his start against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLDS. Janes adds that Scherzer also plans to be available out of the bullpen in the event there is a Game 5.
Scherzer has been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered during his last start of the regular season. He wasn’t healthy enough to start Games 1 or 2, but the Nationals are certainly thankful he’s able to participate at all in the NLDS.
The Cubs will counter with Jose Quintana for Sunday’s Game 3, which starts at 4 PM ET. The series is tied at one game apiece.
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.
Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.
Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.