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Max Scherzer could return from IL this week

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer said he felt good after throwing a bullpen on Monday. Per MASN’s Byron Kerr, Scherzer wants to start soon, perhaps Thursday against the Rockies or Friday against the Dodgers. The team has yet to make an official decision.

Scherzer, who turns 35 years old on Saturday, has been on the injured list since July 10 with a mid-back strain. The right-hander is having another Cy Young-caliber campaign, boasting a 9-5 record with a 2.30 ERA and a 181/23 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings.

Erick Fedde is starting against the Rockies tonight, his second start in Scherzer’s place.

Carlos Correa likely headed to injured list again

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Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.

Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.

Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.