This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The second half of the MLB regular season got have to an uneasy start with two of the biggest names in baseball nursing injuries by the end of the weekend.
The Nationals were initially optimistic that tightness in his back would quickly resolve itself. The former Cy Young Winner opted to sit out the All-Star game but ultimately ended up on the injured list as the soreness and tightness in his mid-back lingered. The mid-back, or thoracic region of the spine, is located below the neck and above the lumbar region (lower back). Fluid movement in the thoracic region (t-spine) is integral to shoulder movement. A large number of shoulder muscles originate in the t-spine, and any limitation in mobility would lead to compensations in the shoulder. As a result, a pitcher's mechanics can be negatively impacted and the risk of a shoulder injury like impingement or tendinitis increases.
Knowing this, the Nationals medical staff is taking a proactive approach to Scherzer's treatment, using the IL to buy him ample rest. The team remains hopeful that he will be ready to return when first eligible, but a few extra days on the IL seems probable. Hopefully Washington's plan works and they are able to prevent the problem from becoming a long-term issue or cascading into the shoulder. Fantasy owners invested in Scherzer should remain patient.
The perennial American League MVP candidate is headed for an MRI after making an early exit from Sunday's contest. Trout