Max Scherzer doubtful for next start due to thumb injury

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Via Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com

The odds of Max Scherzer making his scheduled start Tuesday night in Atlanta look slim after the Nationals ace was unable to throw Sunday morning without feeling discomfort in his right thumb, which he suggested is the byproduct of a sprained ligament.

Scherzer jammed his right thumb during an at-bat Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals. It doesn’t sound like a serious injury, but the $210 million right-hander isn’t going to be rushed back. “I’ve dealt with an injury before in college where I had a cut on my middle finger, and I went back out there and pitched in pain,” he told reporters Sunday morning. “And two weeks later, I had biceps tendinitis and really almost kind of messed up my shoulder. I really respect the fact that you really have to be 100 percent to go back out there. And in this case, that’s how I’m going to treat it.”

Scherzer owns a 1.26 ERA, 0.837 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings with Washington.

Tanner Roark could lead a bullpen game for the Nationals on Tuesday against the Braves.