Billy Hamilton will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday

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C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Saturday.

Hamilton has been on the shelf since August 18, when he suffered a sprained capsule in his right shoulder. With the minor league season ending soon, the speedy outfielder will likely be activated by the Reds next week.

Hamilton, 24, is batting .226/.272/.290 with 54 runs and leads the majors with 54 stolen bases in 61 attempts.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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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.