By Sarah Hollings
The Nats are going to have to do without their ace Max Scherzer when they host the front-running Atlanta Braves tomorrow.
Manager Davey Martinez confirmed yesterday that Scherzer couldn’t throw a bullpen session and will probably miss his next scheduled start against the first-place Braves.
“I’m very doubtful that he’ll make his start on Tuesday,” Martinez said of Scherzer. “We’ll feel out what happens with him tomorrow. He said he felt better today. He was able to do some stuff. But we’ll figure that out tomorrow.”
Scherzer has been dealing with back pain since his June 30 outing against the Detroit Tigers. He made his next start against the Kansas City Royals, working seven shutout innings, but then opted to skip the All-Star Game as a precautionary measure. The weekend after the Midsummer Classic, the Nationals placed their ace on the injured list, retroactive to July 10.