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.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.