Scherzer pulled in fourth with apparent leg issue

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 1, 2017

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer left the fourth inning of Saturday's game with an apparent injury.

The move could be precautionary with this being Scherzer's final start before the playoffs, but he has had several nagging issues over the course of the season.

The right-hander was replaced by A.J. Cole, who walked Bell and then got out of the inning with a double-play grounder.

Scherzer had been cruising along, allowing only one of Pittsburgh's first 11 batters to reach base.

The Nationals do not typically provide in-game injury updates, but Scherzer's reaction - he seemed to be asking to stay in the game - suggested he didn't believe it was serious. In his 31st start of the season, he lowered his ERA to 2.51, which would be a career-low.

He was named the National League's Cy Young victor last season and could be in line for a repeat this year.

The Nationals have four more seasons of Scherzer under contract, with him having been named to the All-Star team for each of the past five years.

The Nationals will meet the Chicago Cubs next week in the NLDS, and also have Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez as part of a stellar rotation.

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