Max Scherzer expects to pitch vs. Phillies

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The Phillies and Nats were rained out yesterday but a player still got hurt. It was Max Scherzer who broke his nose in a bunt drill, as seen in the video above.

Washington and Philly are playing a doubleheader today and Scherzer was scheduled to pitch the nightcap. There has not been official word from the Nats, but as of last night, Scherzer is still planning on taking the hill:

Scherzer is already a pretty intense and intimidating presence but if he does not take the mound in a Jason-from-Friday-the-13th-style hockey mask — with heterochromatic-paint on it to match his eyes — it’ll be a missed opportunity.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.