Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer will miss at least one start after suffering a thumb injury while batting over the weekend and now fantasy baseball owners will have to find a spot starter with Scherzer likely out at least one start.
According to Hardball Talk, Scherzer will likely miss his next start against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday after dealing with a thumb injury. Scherzer said that he was unable to throw without discomfort after taking a ball to the hand and jamming his thumb. While the injury is not serious, it will keep him out for at least one start.
Jon Morosi from FOX added that Scherzer is talking with a specialist to get a second opinion, but that surgery is not likely and that he could just miss one start. Scherzer signed a $210 million deal this offseason and has a 1.26 ERA this season with 30 innings pitched.
Scherzer was the top pitcher signed in free agency this off-season and he made some comments after the game that the pitcher hitting is outdated and that the National League should look into using the DH. This all comes just after Adam Wainwright was injured and lost for the season while batting and this has renewed calls for the NL to take on the DH to help protect pitchers, who have not been the nest hitters historically anyway.