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Max Scherzer has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with neck inflammation, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.


Scherzer had an early August start cut off after just one inning due to spasms in the right side of his neck. Friday night, the issue reappeared on the left side. The Nationals are the owners of a 14-game lead in the National League East, so they won't take any chances with their ace. Expect him to miss two starts, but unless the injury becomes aggravated, his stay on the disabled list should be a short one. He'll need the stretch run to get back into shape for the playoffs.

Mark Melancon said Friday that he is considering surgery to fix an elbow issue that has been bothering him since 2012, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.


Melancon said the problem wasn't the same elbow injury that kept him off the field from June 27 through August 12 this year. But with the Giants wholly out of the National League playoff picture, this might be the perfect time for Melancon to undergo surgery and still be ready to go by the start of the 2018 campaign. Either way, don't expect Melancon to contribute much in San Francisco's bullpen down the stretch; he hasn't seen a save opportunity since June 20.

Manager John Gibbons is hopeful Roberto Osuna (illness) will be available for Saturday's game against the Cubs. "He only has to come in for one inning," said Gibbons. Maybe we can quarantine him and run him out there," Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.


Although poking a little fun into his comment, it's obvious the skipper is ready and willing to get Osuna back on the hill immediately. The Jays are running short on time to make a playoff run, and Gibbons knows how important it is to have his closer available. Osuna's status for Saturday will be determined well before game time, but owners should have a backup plan in place ahead of time. Ryan Tepera is expected to handling ninth-inning duties is needed.

Drew Pomeranz left Friday's game against the Yankees after just 65 pitches with back spasms, Scott Lauber of ESPN reports.


Pomeranz was replaced on the mound by Brandon Workman after tossing 3.1 shutout innings with four hits allowed and four strikeouts. He has been forced to leave multiple starts early this year but has managed to make it back without missing a start every time. It will remain to be seen if this will be the case again; consider Pomeranz day-to-day until we hear more.

Tim Mayza will have an opportunity to take over some high-leverage innings for Jays as the team continues searching for a reliable lefty, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.


Despite taking the loss Friday at Wrigley Field, manager John Gibbons is excited about what he's seen from his rookie reliever. "I think he's throwing the ball great," Gibbons said. "This is his chance." In his first week of MLB action, Mayza made a pair of scoreless appearances before being touched up by the Cubs.

Matt Grace will make a spot start Friday after Max Scherzer was scratched with neck spasms, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.


Grace has allowed nine runs over his past 12 innings (6.75 ERA), but he probably has the most stretched out arm in the Nationals bullpen, with four outings of multiple innings out of his past seven appearances. Scherzer was scratched hours before the game, so there's a chance the Nationals may make this a bullpen game and send somebody down (potentially Grace himself) for a fresh arm following the game.

Max Scherzer has been scratched from Friday night's start with neck spasms, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.


This is a reappearance of an injury that sidelined Scherzer earlier in August, although on the other side of his neck this time. Scherzer was forced to leave a start after just one inning last time, but did not miss any of his subsequent scheduled starts. As such, Scherzer may not need a disabled list trip, but we'll know more after team doctors are able to get a better look at his neck. Matt Grace will take the mound Friday in Scherzer's place.

J.D. Martinez (O, AZ)

J.D. Martinez has been scratched from Friday's lineup against Minnesota with an illness, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.


This will be the first game Martinez has missed in a solid August, in which he owns a .250/.364/.518 line with eight RBI and as many extra-base hits. Look for him to return to the lineup shortly; in the meantime, Brandon Drury will replace him in the lineup.

Matt Andriese (hip) took a grounder off his shin and was forced to leave his rehab start Friday after just two pitches, Bryan Levine of the Charlotte Sun reports.


Andriese was seen walking around in the dugout after he was taken into the clubhouse, and while he appeared to have a slight limp, the injury didn't seem serious. His rehab may have to be extended another week so he can get another start in before returning to the Rays, but he looks to have avoided a major setback.

Javier Baez (B2, ChC)

Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.


He also made an outstanding defensive play in the ninth to rob Jose Bautista of a base hit. Baez has hit home runs in consecutive games and four homers in his last six starts, giving him an even 20 for the season. The 24-year-old is batting close to .300 since July 1, but he's struck in roughly one-third of his plate appearances since that date.

Wade Davis retired the Blue Jays in order in the ninth inning Friday to earn his 25th save of the season.


Javier Baez made an outstanding play on a sharp groundball to short, which helped Davis complete the perfect frame. Davis seemingly took his foot off the gas a bit in a couple recent non-save situations (three homers allowed in his last three non-save appearances), but he remains without a blown save to his name this season.

Jake Arrieta (13-8) earned the win over the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out six over 6.1 innings.


After allowing a run in the first, Arrieta settled in and faced just three over the minimum over his next five frames. He ran back into a bit of trouble in the seventh before being pulled, but the bullpen kept the inherited runners from scoring, and Arrieta has now allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven consecutive starts to begin the second half. The right-hander may not be all the way back to his Cy Young form, but he's closer to it than he was over the first three months.

Odubel Herrera (O, Phi)

Odubel Herrera (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.


This marks Herrera's fourth straight absence, and according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia, a pregame test of the hamstring "did not look promising." A DL move may be imminent. Nick Williams has started the past three games in center field and will likely stay there until Herrera is cleared to return to action.

Jose Ramirez (B3, Cle)

Jose Ramirez (forearm) took batting practice Friday and was withheld from the lineup as a precautionary measure, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.


Ramirez could be used off the bench Friday, but may receive the entire night off to ensure that he doesn't aggravate his forearm injury. However, owners should look for him to return to the lineup in the coming days.

Josh Tomlin (hamstring) threw off a mound Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.


The session went well and Tomlin is now moving on to a simulated game that is currently scheduled for Monday. The injury, which landed him on the disabled list at the end of July, was supposed to leave him out of action for about six weeks but he is currently on a fairly quick rehab schedule that could see him return sooner than those original estimates.

Ryan Zimmerman (B1, Was)

Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.


It's said to be a routine day off for the veteran following 12 consecutive starts. Zimmerman got off to a slow start to August, but he seems to be dialed back in with three homers in his last four games and five in his last eight. Adam Lind will take over at first base in Zimmerman's absence.

Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) threw a 37-pitch bullpen session Friday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.


Tanaka's workout went as planned, as it's now expected that he'll come off the disabled list to start one of the games in next week's series against the Tigers. Although Tanaka's season has been subpar (4.92 ERA and 1.28 WHIP), his performance was trending in the right direction before he hit the DL. In five games since the All-Star break, Tanaka posted a 3.13 ERA and struck out 38 batters over 31.2 innings.

Robbie Ray (concussion) will return to the major-league rotation next week, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.


The D-backs' brass saw all they needed to see from Ray in his start with High-A Visalia on Thursday – he struck out 11 over 4.2 innings in his lone rehab appearance. Ray was establishing himself as a frontline major-league starter before he was struck in the head by a line drive late last month, and he should be immediately deployed in all formats with two starts (at Mets, vs Giants) on tap for next week.

J.A. Happ (6-9) gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out eight over five innings in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday.


This was Happ's worst start in about a month, but it wasn't all that bad by any means. He didn't allow much hard contact; rather, he was done in by some misfortune on balls in play, with seven of the nine hits against him falling for singles. Happ had posted a 3.79 ERA and 33:17 K:BB in his first six starts coming out of the All-Star break.

Chris Beck (shoulder) is healthy and available for Friday's game against Texas, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.


One day after a ball up the middle hit him in the shoulder and forced him to leave the game, Beck's bruising is down enough that it shouldn't cause him to miss any time. The bigger concern for Beck is his play of late, giving up 14 earned runs, including four home runs, over his last 9.0 innings.