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.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.