Nationals ace Max Scherzer assures, although he doesn’t know when, that he will absolutely pitch in the National League Division Series.
“I’m going to pitch in the division series,” Scherzer said during his regular 106.7 The Fan segment — ‘On the Mound with Max Scherzer,’ presented by Dulles Motors. “I promise you that. I promise you that.”
Scherzer, battling through a right hamstring injury, was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday, which would have put him in line to start Game 2 of the series at home against the Cubs. But, at the last second, Gio Gonzalez was throwing in the pen instead.
“This is actually one of the most confusing injuries I’ve ever had in my career,” Scherzer said, “because when you’re talking about a hamstring, you would think of how really debilitating that can really be. But the problem is I can actually run, sprint, throw, I can lift — I can do a lot of different things on the leg that you wouldn’t think I’d be able to do.”
“The injury’s tied to my pitching mechanics and how I deliver the ball,” he said. “So we’re in the tricky situation of trying to find a way to strengthen it so that, when I go out there and pitch, it holds for a full start and everything so that this doesn’t reoccur.”
Scherzer explained it’s not a matter of being able to pitch, but rather that the injury resurfaces when he maxes out.
“Here’s the thing: I could throw a bullpen,” he said. “That’s not a problem right now. I can get off the mound. It’s when you start ramping this thing up towards 100 percent, that that’s when this thing starts rearing its head. That’s the confusing nature, like I said, of this injury.
“There’s so much things I’m able to actually do, but pitching at 100 percent, pitching in a game, that’s when this injury has shown itself. Fully intend to throw a bullpen here very, very soon.”
“We’re still trying to weigh the risks vs. rewards and really try to come up with a plan of when we think I’ll be able to withstand 100 pitches,” he went on to say. “Literally, we’re day-by-day coming in on this, and so for me, like I said, when we get to the field today and go over to the trainers, we’ll come up with a good plan of when we feel like that day will be.”