Scherzer was injured while attempting a bunt. The team said a CT scan was negative.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner was scheduled to start one of the two games of Washington’s day-night doubleheader against Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Nationals said Scherzer’s status — as well as the team’s pitching plan for the doubleheader — was still to be determined.
Scherzer is 5-5 with a 2.81 ERA.