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Nationals' Scherzer expected to come off IL, start Thursday

Sportsnaut logo Sportsnaut 8/18/2019 Jesse Reed, Sportsnaut
a close up of Max Scherzer throwing a baseball © Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer has been on the injured list for a few weeks with a nagging back injury, but heโ€™s finally set to make his return.

Manager Dave Martinez told reporters Sunday that he expects Scherzer to come off the injured list and start Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This is obviously great news for Scherzer and the Nats, who are 5 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East heading into Sunday.

Scherzer, the three-time Cy Young Award winner, has been dominant this season when healthy. In 20 games, he has tallied 134 1/3 innings of work, posting a 9-5 record with a 2.41 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, along with 189 strikeouts and just 25 walks.

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