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.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.