Pirates rally in ninth to top Nats; Scherzer suffers injury

  • By Brian McNally
    Associated Press
September 30, 2017
Closer Felipe Rivero is congratulated by catcher Elias Diaz after the Pirates rallied to defeat the Nationals Saturday night in Washington, D.C. - Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Nationals ace Max Scherzer was pulled from his start while tuning up for the playoffs after an apparent injury to his right leg, and NL East champion Washington lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Saturday night.

The Nationals didn’t immediately provide an update on Scherzer.

Scherzer, who leads the NL in strikeouts and is 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA, was preparing for the Nationals’ matchup against the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-five Division Series that begins Friday in Washington.

But the two-time Cy Young Award winner stumbled on a 2-2 pitch to Josh Bell in the fourth inning, briefly hopped around the mound and bent over at the waist.

Scherzer then began to throw a full-count pitch, but abruptly stopped when time was called.

Washington manager Dusty Baker, pitching coach Mike Maddux and team trainers visited the mound and quickly took out Scherzer.

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