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Max Scherzer won’t start for Nats against Atlanta this weekend

Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer blows a bubble in the dugout during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)
Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer blows a bubble in the dugout during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)
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ATLANTA – Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer won’t come off the 10-day injured list to start for Washington against Atlanta this weekend.

Scherzer was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Manager Dave Martinez says Scherzer still has to overcome “that last little bit” of discomfort before he can throw a bullpen session and prove he’s ready to pitch in a game.

The Nationals listed Scherzer’s injury as a mid-back strain when he was placed on the injured list on July 13, a move retroactive to July 10.

Martinez says he has told Scherzer “we don’t want to push it.” Right-hander Austin Voth is expected to start in Sunday’s final game of the four-game series.

Scherzer is 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA.

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