Max Scherzer Placed on 10-Day DL with Neck Injury

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2017

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 01:  Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals reacts after taking himself out of the game in the second inning with neck spasms during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer was scratched from Friday's start against the San Diego Padres because of a neck injury, according to MASN's Mark Zuckerman

Later in the evening, MASN's Dan Kolko reported Scherzer was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 15 with left neck inflammation. 

Scherzer last landed on the injury report Aug. 1 when he was pulled from his start against the Miami Marlins with spasms on the other side of his neck.  

However, that proved to be more of a scare than anything else, and he returned to the mound Aug. 7. 

When healthy, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner has been dialed in. 

To date, he's gone 12-5 with a 2.25 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and NL-leading marks of 12.3 strikeouts and 5.4 hits allowed per nine innings.   

There may not be another pitcher in baseballmuch less in the Nationals' rotationwho can produce those numbers, so Washington will need to hold out hope the latest ailment proves minor again and doesn't prevent Scherzer from missing multiple starts.