Washington Nationals killer Max Scherzer came out of a 1-0 loss Friday to the San Francisco Giants due to an inguinal injury after throwing just 12 pitches.
The 36-year-old retired the first batsman of the game and threw a spot at Brandon Belt before Nationals manager Dave Martinez and athletic trainer Paul Lessard visited the mound.
After the game, Scherzer said he suffered the injury while warming up before the game.
“It could drop pretty quickly,” Scherzer said, according to him Joon Lee of ESPN. “Going into the club house, I was frustrated like everything to get out. Turning out a little catch was all it was. The good news is that it’s not a muscle strain. I’m really day to day. I’m very confident this it will be very sweet. “
Scherzer is 5-4 in the season with 2.21 ERA, 0.815 WHIP and 104 strikeouts in 77.1 innings.
An injury to the 36-year-old could be costly for the Nationals ahead of next month’s trade deadline. Scherzer is in the final year of a seven-year, $ 210 million contract and could be one of Major League Baseball’s top targets.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Nationals aren’t ready to listen to offers for Scherzer, but his mindset could change in the coming weeks if they continue to fall out of the playoff race.