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Nationals ace Max Scherzer throws on Sunday after leaving Friday start with groin injury

Scherzer attempted a warm-up pitch before deciding to exit the game.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals
Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts after throwing a pitch off the pitcher’s mound during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park.
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Sunday update: The issue was subsequently described as a groin injury. Scherzer was seen doing side throwing on Sunday morning, per Chelsea Janes. After throwing, Scherzer told Janes the groin issue is not “a major injury” but he still feels it. He’ll attempt to throw a bullpen session on Monday and if that happens, he thinks he can start Wednesday.

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer left his start against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning after throwing 12 pitches. The team has not updated his status.

Scherzer threw a warm-up pitch after experiencing discomfort and walked off the mound, ending his night. The Nationals will look to the bullpen to close out the game.

Scherzer has been a bright spot in Washington’s otherwise lackluster season. He has a career-low 2.22 ERA at the moment with 104 strikeouts.