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REPORT: Washington Nationals place Max Scherzer on 10-day IL

Max Scherzer

The Washington Nationals have placed ace starting pitcher Max Scherzer on the 10-day injured list as a result of a mild rhomboid strain, per a club announcement. The Nationals have called up fellow right-hander Erick Fedde as a corresponding move.

This marks the second time this season Scherzer has dealt with minor shoulder issues.

In 20 starts this year, Scherzer has gone 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA while allowing 108 hits and racking up a league-leading 189 strikeouts over 134.1 innings of work, making the All-Star team as a result.

The 35-year-old is in the middle of his fifth season with the Nationals, all of which have resulted in All-Star appearances. He won back-to-back Cy Young awards in 2016 and 2017 and has led the league in strikeouts each of the last three seasons, including a 300-strikeout campaign in 2018.

Scherzer was originally selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 43rd round of the 2003 MLB Draft but failed to come to terms with the team. Then, three years later, he was chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 11th overall pick.

He made his big-league debut in 2008 and spent the first two seasons of his career with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the Detroit Tigers in December 2009.

The St. Louis native then went on to spend five seasons with the Tigers and blossomed into one of the best pitchers in baseball toward the end of his stay with the club, making back-to-back All-Star appearances in 2013 and 2014.

Scherzer then signed with the Nationals as a free agent in January 2015.