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Monday, October 28, 2019

Max Scherzer on neck injury: ‘I’m as disappointed as I could possibly be’

WASHINGTON — Hours after he had been scratched from his start in Sunday night’s Game 5 of the World Series, three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer was so fragile his voice shook. He held his right shoulder lower than his left. The slightest turn of his head required a hard effort, starting at his waist.

“I can’t pick up my arm right now so I can’t pitch,” he said, and, “I’m as disappointed as I could possibly be.”

Scherzer, with Stephen Strasburg the Washington Nationals co-ace, said he experienced minor neck spasms Friday and Saturday and awakened Sunday morning to discover the symptoms had worsened, to the point he was unable to dress himself. His wife assisted. On his drive to Nationals Park, he’d texted teammate Joe Ross, his tentative replacement for Game 5, telling Ross the start would be his. The content of the text, Scherzer said, was, “Get ready.”

Into a series tied at two games apiece, then, the thunderbolt that one of the sport’s finest pitchers would miss his scheduled start and was questionable to pitch in any capacity in the final two or three games. Scherzer received a Cortisone injection into the area — his right trapezoid, he said, was also affected — that doctors told him could require 48 hours to alleviate the pain.

Best wishes- I’d be frightened if that happened to me abruptly.

 

QLE Posted: October 28, 2019 at 12:59 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: max scherzer, neck, world series

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   1. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: October 28, 2019 at 08:36 AM (#5895341)
Sucks for Max, but, it is hard to win no matter who the starter, if your team is only going to score 1 run.

BTW, has the home team ever lost the first 5 WS games?
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 28, 2019 at 08:48 AM (#5895342)
The 1937 Newark Bears lost the first 3 games of the Junior World Series at home, and then won the next 4 games at Columbus. That's the Nats' only hope at this point.

But to answer your question: In the 1996 World Series, the Braves won the first 2 games at Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees then swept the next 3 to close out Fulton County Stadium, before finishing off the Braves back home in game 6.
   3. Rally Posted: October 28, 2019 at 09:17 AM (#5895347)
“I can’t pick up my arm right now so I can’t pitch,” he said, and, “I’m as disappointed as I could possibly be.”

I believe Max was ready to take the mound as a lefty, but Martinez overruled that plan after his staff voiced concerns over a one-useful-armed pitcher being able to field his position.
   4. bunyon Posted: October 28, 2019 at 09:30 AM (#5895350)
I hope this is just a physical ailment due to end of year wear. I agree with QLE, that sounds like a worrisome development.
   5. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: October 28, 2019 at 09:35 AM (#5895354)
“I can’t pick up my arm right now so I can’t pitch,”


This implies that his arm is lying on the ground or some other surface somewhere. Worrisome doesn't begin to describe it.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: October 28, 2019 at 09:35 AM (#5895355)
This happens to regular people, right?. You wake up and suddenly you can't move your damn neck. It's happened to me, and I've had friends that have missed a week out of work because they couldn't even walk.
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 28, 2019 at 09:53 AM (#5895362)
Scherzer missed about a month in the second half with a variety of back/shoulder issues. It wouldn't surprise me if this is related -- the neck/upper back/shoulder muscles are all basically connected. Hopefully #6 is right and this is just routine "starting to get a bit older" stuff that can be fixed with rest.

It has been about six weeks of nagging injuries for Scherzer — a mid-back strain, bursitis in the scapula beneath his shoulder, now a mild rhomboid strain — and the ace said he is ready to pitch in a game.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: October 28, 2019 at 09:56 AM (#5895363)
What an awful, awful feeling to be struck down like this. When I get a crick on my neck I curse god's injustice, and that's just because it makes it difficult to put my socks on, I don't even have a world series to star in.
   9. bunyon Posted: October 28, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5895369)
Yeah, all the comments I've read - and they're uncommon given the circumstances - about him not being tough enough are BS. He's worked and sacrificed* all his life for that game. It would be one thing if he could point to an obvious injury, some glorious result of battle. To just wake up stiff must feel like such a cheat.


* That's too strong a word, obviously, but these guys do work tremendously hard on their bodies and technique. To have that go down the pisser because of a stiff neck is just...hard to take. Lots of people having worse days, obviously.
   10. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 28, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5895370)
Scherzer missed about a month in the second half with a variety of back/shoulder issues. It wouldn't surprise me if this is related -- the neck/upper back/shoulder muscles are all basically connected. Hopefully #6 is right and this is just routine "starting to get a bit older" stuff that can be fixed with rest.


That was my first thought about it, as well.
   11. wjones Posted: October 28, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5895373)
BTW, has the home team ever lost the first 5 WS games?

Cubs White Sox in 1906
Royals-Cards 1985
Mets-Red Sox 1986
Yankees -Braves in 1996

Not sure of any others.
   12. Nasty Nate Posted: October 28, 2019 at 10:10 AM (#5895374)
Hey, the Sox won game 5 at Fenway in '86!
   13. Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride Posted: October 28, 2019 at 10:14 AM (#5895376)
And the Royals did not sweep in StL. Cards won game 4 IIRC
   14. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: October 28, 2019 at 10:20 AM (#5895382)
This happens to regular people, right?. You wake up and suddenly you can't move your damn neck. It's happened to me, and I've had friends that have missed a week out of work because they couldn't even walk.


Happens to me every once in a while. either my neck seizes up, or a muscle in my upper back, and can barely move for a few days.
   15. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 28, 2019 at 10:52 AM (#5895397)
BTW, has the home team ever lost the first 5 WS games?


Cubs White Sox in 1906
Royals-Cards 1985
Mets-Red Sox 1986
Yankees -Braves in 1996

Not sure of any others.


In 1985 the Cardinals won game 4 at home, and in 1986 the Red Sox won game 5 in Fenway. (EDIT: cokes to Nate and Misirlou.) I'd forgotten about 1906, which alternated home games rather than going 2-3-2, but that and 1996 were the only 2 where the home team lost the first 5.
   16. Astroenteritis Posted: October 28, 2019 at 12:02 PM (#5895424)
Has there been any speculation about whether Scherzer will be able to pitch in a game seven?
   17. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 28, 2019 at 12:10 PM (#5895427)
Dave Martinez said he would be surprised if Scherzer wasn't available. Based on what, who knows?
   18. PreservedFish Posted: October 28, 2019 at 12:18 PM (#5895429)
Maybe it's based on faith in the cortisone shot.
   19. Howie Menckel Posted: October 28, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5895432)
yes, just 1906 and 1996

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