Red Sox closer Koji Uehara and starter Joe Kelly have been placed on the disabled list to begin the season.
Uehara has a hamstring injury and recently suffered a setback, but is hoping to come off the DL when eligible on April 11. Kelly is also hoping to return from his strained biceps on April 11, which is when the Red Sox will need a fifth starter for the first time.
Edward Mujica is expected to fill in for Uehara early on.
WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.
He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.
Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.
The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.
Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.