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;
Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals suffered a significant bone bruise on his left knee last weekend when he slipped awkwardly on first base following a rain delay lasting more than three hours. The Nationals avoided disaster, as Harper didn’t suffer any ligament damage, but the outfielder’s injury makes Washington’s stretch run a bit more difficult and calls into question whether MLB should tweak its rules. On the flip side, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has had far better luck recently, launching home runs on an almost nightly basis. Some wonder whether Stanton, who set a Marlins single-season franchise record with his 43rd homer earlier this week, could launch 60 bombs before all is said and done.
Former Cubs catcher Miguel Montero returned to Wrigley Field on Friday for the first time since he was released by the team. “It wasn’t the nicest way to go to leave Chicago,” he said to CSN Chicago’s Kelly Crull before Friday’s game. “It’s in the past. It was tough and difficult. It was hard.” The Cubs designated Montero for assignment in June after he made comments to the media critical of teammate Jake Arrieta. Montero blamed Arrieta’s slow delivery for the seven bases the Washington Nationals stole in the first four innings of a Cubs’ 6-1 loss. ‘‘It really sucked because the stolen bases go to me, and when you really look at it, the pitcher doesn’t give me any time,’’ Montero said after the