The Nationals announced on Monday that starter Max Scherzer has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a mild rhomboid strain. Pitcher Erick Fedde has been recalled from Double-A Harrisburg.
Scherzer, 35, was activated from the injured list on Thursday to start against the Rockies. He had missed two and a half weeks due to a mid-back strain. The rhomboid muscle connects the scapula with the vertebrae of the spinal column. Scherzer’s two recent injuries may be related.
Scherzer owns a 9-5 record with a 2.41 ERA and a 189/25 K/BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings.
Fedde, 26, started in Scherzer’s place while he was on the IL last time. Across eight starts and five relief appearances this season, Fedde has a 3.40 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 21 walks in 50 1/3 innings.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.
Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.
The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.