WASHINGTON -- An inning after he was drilled on the left knee by a comebacker, Max Scherzer followed it up with an immaculate inning, striking out the side on nine pitches Sunday night in the Nationals' 6-5 victory over the Phillies.
Scherzer actually began the game dealing with a minor blister on a finger, before he was struck by a 100-mph line drive off the bat of Michael Saunders in the fourth inning. Scherzer joked that the blister hurt much less after that.
He tried to walk off the pain before collapsing to the ground as head trainer Paul Lessard, pitching coach Mike Maddux and manager Dusty Baker went on the field to check on the Nationals' ace. Scherzer eventually made it to his feet and attempted to walk off the injury a bit before he tossed a few warmup pitches.
"I knew I took it good," Scherzer said. "A lot of times, as soon as you get up, once you get hit like that, you can walk around. As soon as I started walking around, it's not broke, but it really hurt. I just needed to catch my breath, and let everything kind of relax."
Scherzer then proceeded to throw three warmup pitches and focused on putting weight on the knee to test it. Once he cleared that hurdle, Scherzer knew he was good to go, even though the Phillies scored a pair of runs in the fourth.