Nationals RHP Scherzer (neck) scratched vs. Padres

Aug 19, 2017 - 6:14 AM SAN DIEGO -- Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was scratched from his start against the San Diego Padres on Friday night with a sore neck.

Scherzer (12-5) arrived at Petco Park earlier than usual to try and loosen his neck, according to Nationals manager Dusty Baker. The two-time Cy Young Award winner informed Baker about three hours before the game that he couldn't go.

Scherzer, who was placed on the disabled list, was replaced by southpaw Matt Grace.

Scherzer was lifted from his start on Aug. 1 against the Miami Marlins after one inning because of a neck injury. But he won his two starts after that, going seven innings in each outing.

"It's his neck, but it's the other side," Baker said. "We're taking the cautious route."

Baker said the team isn't sure what is causing Scherzer's discomfort. While Baker said he was hopeful Scherzer would make his next start, there's no firm timetable for his return.

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