Nationals announce injured Max Scherzer will not make his next scheduled start

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Max Scherzer will not make his scheduled Tuesday start due to a thumb injury, the Nationals announced.

Scherzer jammed his right thumb during at-bat Thursday against the Cardinals and manager Matt Williams officially ruled him out today. However, according to Williams the hope is that Scherzer will only have to be pushed back in the rotation rather than missing an entire turn, setting him up to potentially start later this week.

Tanner Roark, who threw 199 innings with a 2.85 ERA last season but was bumped from the rotation by Scherzer’s arrival as a free agent, seems like the obvious option to fill in for Scherzer against the Braves.

Scherzer is in the first season of a seven-year, $210 million contract and has pitched very well through four starts with a 1.26 ERA and 29/4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings.

Video: Cole Tucker’s first MLB hit is two-run homer

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Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.

Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.