This is not what the Washington Nationals needed mere days before the MLB playoffs.
Nationals ace pitcher Max Scherzer left Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth inning after planting his foot awkwardly on a pitch to Josh Bell. Scherzer only threw 54 pitches, and was relatively cruising through the Pirates.
MASN replay showed Scherzer kind of landing awkwardly on pitch to Bell. Walked around and might've been stretching out leg.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) October 1, 2017
Scherzer has exited games this season due to minor injuries in, brace yourselves, four of his last 10 starts this season.
So, Max Scherzer wound up leaving 4 of his final 10 starts this season with what all appeared to be minor ailments (2 neck, 2 leg).— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) October 1, 2017
The Nationals did not need this, especially with an upcoming NLDS matchup against the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs approaching on Oct. 6.
Max Scherzer coming out of the game with an injury in his last start of the year could be a huge break for the Cubs in the NLDS.— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) October 1, 2017
With the Nationals just getting star outfielder Bryce Harper back from a scary injury, they did not expect that they would have to cope with another injury to another key piece to Washington's success this season.
However, with the injury coming in the second to last game of the regular season, the Nationals might have to prepare for the playoffs without their star pitcher. let's hope that's not the case, though.