Nationals’ Max Scherzer still waiting to throw fastball after stress fracture

Max Scherzer has been in spring training the past week with his teammates, but he’s still waiting for his fastball to arrive.

The Nationals pitcher is slated to throw his first bullpen session of the spring Saturday but will not use his fastball, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Scherzer suffered a stress fracture last August in the knuckle on his right ring finger that is still causing him some pain when he grips his fastball.

That fastball is what helped Scherzer lead the majors last year in strikeouts, including a game in which he tied a major league record with 20 strikeouts.

Another Seahawks player, Bobby Wagner, did it last season against Arizona. After the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians vented about the play, and said it needs to be removed.

“The Competition Committee went through that play and the officials wanted it taken out,” Arians said in October. “The committee left it in, but it cannot be officiated. Whether he touches, whether it was leverage, was his foot within the framework of the defensive lineman’s feet before he jumped, all those things that go into that call, I think it’s bad for football.

The NFL itself was impressed enough with Wagner’s move last year that it even tweeted video of the play — with an all-caps “BLOCKED” and “Wow.”

Arians is likely upset with this Cheap Jerseys In The US because his NFC West foe, the Seahawks, seem to have mastered it. Chancellor even tweeted his frustrations Monday afternoon about the proposed rule change. Wagner joined in as well.