After allowing four runs in six innings to the White Sox on Sunday afternoon, David Price thought he was done for the day. He wasn’t supposed to be and had thrown “only” 99 pitches. The mound remained vacant as the rest of the Tigers went about their pre-inning warmups. After about a minute, manager Brad Ausmus signaled for reliever Alex Wilson as Price was nowhere to be found, as Matthew Mowery of The Oakland Press reports.
“There was a miscommunication as to whether he was going back out,” Ausmus said after the game. “I thought he was, and he thought he was done. That was the miscommunication.”
Price, on what happened:
“I did. I was up here (in the clubhouse) doing arm exercises. Ver (Justin Verlander) ran up the tunnel and said you are still in the game. I said, ‘No, I’m not. I have zero uniform on right now,’” Price admitted. “It was a miscommunication on everybody’s part. I’ll take the blame for it, that’s fine with me. It was a miscommunication. … It’s never happened before. But you can put it on me. I am fine with it.”
The Tigers found up winning anyway, tying the game up at four apiece with a four-run eighth inning, then enjoying a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth inning on James McCann’s solo home run.
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.