Max Scherzer will reportedly not make his scheduled start for the l. a. Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.
With the 37-year-old Young contender not able to pitch, the Dodgers are left during a lurch as they outstare elimination against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
The l. a. Times’ Jorge Castillo broke the news, noting that the choices on the present roster include starting Walker Buehler on short rest. The young ace was lined up for Sunday’s potential Game 7. Manager Dave Roberts could also address another bullpen game, leaning on David Price or Tony Gonsolin for length.
MLB.com’s Juan Toribio reports that Scherzer’s arm “just hasn’t bounced back” after a start in Game 2 of this series.
He made that start on two days’ rest after closing the Dodgers’ win in NLDS Game 5 against the San Francisco Giants. After throwing just 79 pitches, he told reporters that his arm felt dead.
Roberts and therefore the Dodgers have leaned heavily on starting pitchers like Scherzer and Julio Urias in relief despite carrying only three trusted starters into the postseason. They lost Clayton Kershaw to injury shortly before the playoffs began, and are using bullpen games (often successfully) to fill the gaps.
Two straight bullpen games, though, could test their limits. they’re going to be facing elimination again on Saturday night in Atlanta after fending it off with three homers from Chris Taylor on Thursday.
Reports indicate Scherzer is experiencing “general arm fatigue” rather than an acute injury. The l. a. Times’ Mike DiGiovanna reports Scherzer could dig in a possible Game 7.
Scherzer has skilled postseason harm scares before. In 2019, with the Washington Nationals, he become scratched from a begin in World Series Game five with excessive neck and lower back spasms, handiest to go back for a effective begin in Game 7.