Max Scherzer's Hamstring is Probably Recovering Well (UPDATE)

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Max Scherzer’s Hamstring is Probably Recovering Well (UPDATE)

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Max Scherzer and the Nationals worked out today ahead of tomorrow’s Game Three against the Cubs in Chicago, and by all accounts, it was a successful day for the Nationals ace.

Scherzer suffered a hamstring “tweak” in his final start of the regular season, pushing back his expected playoff debut until tomorrow, Game Three. Even still, no one is quite sure what to expect from him, in terms of execution and durability.

Well, no one except Scherzer himself:

We’ll see how Scherzer looks when he takes the mound tomorrow. Certainly, the preparation and the energy will be there. It’s fortunate for the Nationals that Scherzer’s injury was to his landing leg, which will almost certainly impact him less than his push-off leg would have (which is where Jake Arrieta’s injury was). EDIT: So maybe it was Scherzer’s right leg after all. I don’t know why I had it in my head that he was talking about his landing leg, but I totally whiffed on that my apologies.

The Cubs may be wise not to game plan too heavily for a particular Scherzer approach, because they can’t know if his mechanics will be slightly altered, and/or if his command will be slightly off. In other words, the Cubs’ batters may need to be nimble to take advantage of potential wildness both in (fat pitches) and out of (balls) the zone.

UPDATE: Some thoughts from Scherzer on his hamstring:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.