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Nationals’ Max Scherzer leaves start vs Marlins with apparent injury (neck spasms)...

Max Scherzer hit his first career home run tonight, then almost immediately left the game with an as-yet undisclosed issue...

Washington Nationals v Miami Marlins Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Max Scherzer squared to bunt on an 0-2 offering from Miami’s starter Chris O’Grady, then pulled back and unloaded on the pitch, hitting his first career home run out to left in Marlins Park for a three-run blast that put the Washington Nationals up 4-0 early in the second of three with the Fish.

The celebration didn’t last long, however. Scherzer returned to the mound for the bottom of the second, after a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 first, and threw one warm-up pitch, well-wide of home, then motioned to the dugout he was done [with a throat-slash motion].

The Nationals’ policy, with few exceptions, is to not offer injury updates during games, as General Manager Mike Rizzo explained in a recent interview with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies.

“Who is supposed to give out this information at the time it happens,” Rizzo asked rhetorically. “That’s always the problem of it.

“Does the trainer talk directly to the media after the game? We want to just wait until we get all our ducks in a row, we get the information after the game.

“Our spokesman, our manager, Dusty Baker, speaks to the media before every game and after every game, and I think that’s enough time to get all the information together for us so we can be more accurate about the information and do our due diligence before somebody is tweeting out a message about a medical issue that we don’t have our arms wrapped around yet.”

Will the concern about the Nationals’ ace lead the Nats to offer information when they have it this time, or will everyone have to wait patiently until the end of tonight’s game?

Most likely the latter, so hold on until there’s more information... actually, it’s the former: