UPDATE: Starlin Castro free after being questioned about shooting in Dominican Republic


UPDATE: Dominican police rep Jacobo Mateo Moquete announced via Twitter that Castro is free after being questioned about the shooting.

3:24 p.m. ET: Castro’s agent, Paul Kinzer, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that his client “wasn’t involved” in the shooting and went voluntarily to the police to be questioned:

“Starlin was not arrested or detained or anything,” Kinzer said. “He went to the police station to make sure they knew he was not involved. They told him they had video so they knew he was not involved.”

Kinzer did not know if the brother or Castro’s bodyguards were arrested.

2:07 p.m. ET: According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was detained for questioning by authorities in the Dominican Republic on Saturday in connection with a nightclub shooting that injured six people this morning.

The initial report from Rojas said that Castro was arrested, but it appears that he is only being questioned at the moment.

Details are scarce right now and the linked story is in Spanish, but a police spokesperson said that some people close to Castro participated in the shooting, including his brother and bodyguards. One of the people who was shot is currently listed in serious condition.

Castro was linked to another shooting in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, but he was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

We’ll pass along more information when it is made available.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.