Early Friday evening, the Washington Nationals announced that Max Scherzer wouldn’t start against the San Diego Padres tonight due to tightness in his neck, the second such instance in four starts in which the injury sidelined Scherzer. Later, the team announced that they had placed him on the 10-day DL with left neck inflammation. The Nats’ ace suffered from neck spasms in an earlier August start against the Miami Marlins, in which he exited after only one inning due to tightness in the right side of his neck, which a trip to the chiropractor supposedly cured. It seemed like a non-event of an injury, one that would ultimately end up being forgotten and meaningless on the Nationals’ inevitable journey to the postseason.
There are five teams, including the Nationals, that have recently reached out to the Mets about acquiring Curtis Granderson, radio host Mike Francesa reported Friday on WFAN. I'd also list the Orioles, Brewers and Twins -- and maybe the Pirates and Yankees -- among the teams still keeping an eye on Curtis, who is free to be traded after clearing waivers earlier this month. In the event he's traded during the next few days, I expect it will be similar to what Sandy Alderson got from the Indians for Jay Bruce. In other words, the acquiring team will likely pick up his remaining salary with Alderson adding another arm or two to his farm system. Granderson struggled in April and July, did well in
Chris Long, the Philadelphia defensive end who grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, put his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins as a show of unity during the national anthem before the Eagles' exhibition game against Buffalo. Long was to his right with his left arm on Jenkins' shoulder. Long, who starred in Charlottesville in high school at St. Anne's-Belfield and went to the University of Virginia, was critical of white nationalists and the violence in his hometown last week.