Rickie Weeks was debating whether to try the rest-and-rehab route for his torn hamstring or go under the knife, and today he opted for surgery.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Dr. James Andrews did the honors–he works on things other than elbows and shoulders–and Weeks is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months. Six months would put him deep into February, so he’s no sure thing to be ready for spring training.
And next year will be huge for Weeks because he’s entering the final season of a four-year, $38.5 million deal that pays him $11 million in 2014. There’s also a vesting option for 2015 at $11.5 million that would require him to avoid the disabled list and log 600 plate appearances.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.