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After being ruled out from another start earlier in the week, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer might finally be progressing towards a return to the mound.

Washington’s skipper Davey Martinez announced that the team’s ace threw off flat ground on Friday and could throw a bullpen session on Saturday if he reports no issues with his back in the morning.

Scherzer missed nearly three weeks with a troublesome back injury that saw him make one start on July 25 before returning to the injured list. The 35-year-old has made just one start since the All-Star Break.

A three-time Cy Young recipient, Scherzer will need to return to the mound soon if he wants to compete for his fourth Cy Young award. He owns a 2.41 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and has struck out 189 batters this season over 134.1 innings.

Given the Nationals are in the thick of a playoff hunt, exercising caution to ensure Scherzer is ready for the stretch run is the best decision for the organization.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection