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Max Scherzer scratched from start for Nationals vs Padres: Scherzer’s neck issue a problem again

Max Scherzer has been scratched from tonight’s planned start against the Padres. Matt Grace will go instead.

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Max Scherzer made two seven-inning starts after the neck issue that ended his outing against the Miami Marlins last month after just one inning.

According to reports out of San Diego tonight, however, the issue has returned (on the other side of his neck) and Scherzer informed Nats’ skipper Dusty Baker that he wouldn’t be able to go tonight in his scheduled start against the Padres.

Matt Grace will start in Scherzer’s place jn the second game of four with the Padres in Petco Park.

More info when it’s available. Here are the tweeted reports out of San Diego:

This continues a familiar trend where the Nationals get a player back and lose one at the same time (See: Michael A. Taylor + Brian Goodwin; Shawn Kelley + Ryan Madson). This time Scherzer gets scratched while Stephen Strasburg is set to return to the rotation tomorrow night in San Diego.

More info when it is available...