On his side pain, Max Scherzer says: "There’s not even a strain. This is purely just a fatigue, endurance thing.”  Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals ace Max Scherzer said on Tuesday he’s dealing with some discomfort in his side, as MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato (links to Twitter) was among those to report.

The issue led the Nats to give Scherzer a break from a scheduled competitive spring outing. But the right-hander was still capable of throwing a 60-pitch bullpen session.

Scherzer says he’s dealing with an “ailment,” not an injury. The muscles in that region are a bit over-taxed after his last start, he explained, but he’s “absolutely not” concerned.

“There’s not even a strain,” Scherzer said, emphasizing that he won’t need to undergo an MRI. “This is purely just a fatigue, endurance thing,” he said.

Scherzer, 35, has been one of the game’s ultimate workhorses in recent seasons, but did miss a handful of starts in 2019. The long-dominant hurler also dealt with a neck issue during the World Series.

The World Series champions pushed their top arms to the limit last October, so they’ll need to mindful as they ramp back up in camp. 

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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