Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

In the midst of a playoff race heading down the stretch, it’s clear that the Washington Nationals need ace starter Max Scherzer back on the bump.

That could happen as soon as this weekend. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Scherzer could return to start Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals.

Scherzer, 35, has started just one game since pulling up lame with a back injury on July 6. He originally returned to the bump a little over two weeks later before suffering a setback.

A leading candidate to win his fourth career Cy Young award prior to suffering said injury, Scherzer is pitching to a 9-5 record with a 2.41 ERA and 0.99 WHIP while striking out an NL-best 189 batters in 134.1 innings.

Washington is currently 65-55 on the season and the top wildcard team in the NL. Though, only 3.5 games separate it from six other squads in that race.