Game #97 Scherzer scratched; Lester in!

Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

About an hour before first pitch, we learned that starting Max Scherzer was scratched due to a sore tricep in an injury he sustained he claimed during batting practice. Who knows what to think about this just six days before the trade deadline. In his place on regular rest is lefty Jon Lester.

Manager Dave Martinez said they did an MRI on Scherzer’s tricep and came back “extremely clean” and Martinez said it might be more of fatigue as he assured everyone that this is minor and they took proper precautions.

One change to the roster was the addition of Carter Kieboom and the removal of Jordy Mercer who was back on the 10-day IL with another leg injury.

The Orioles changed starters and will pitch righty Matt Harvey in this one. Martinez will stick with the same exact lineup as yesterday.

As far as the rotation goes tomorrow it will be Paolo Espino and Monday is T.B.D.

Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles
Stadium: Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
1st Pitch:  6:35  pm EDT
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)

Line-ups subject to change without notice:

1. Alcides Escobar – 2B
2. Trea Turner – SS
3. Juan Soto – RF
4. Josh Bell – 1B
5. Ryan Zimmerman – DH
6. Josh Harrison – 3B
7. Gerardo Parra – LF
8. Tres Barrera – C
9. Andrew Stevenson – CF

Jon Lester – LHP

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