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 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2017 05:33 am
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Uh oh.

Max Scherzer was removed from Saturday night's start against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the top of the fourth inning after throwing only 54 pitches. The Washington Nationals ace left with what appeared to be a right leg injury, according to MASN's Dan Kolko.

Obviously, losing a pitcher of Scherzer's caliber this close to the playoffs is less than ideal, though a full extent of the issue won't be known until after the game.

The intense right-hander appeared to tweak something in his leg during the delivery of a pitch to Pirates first baseman Josh Bell.

It's an unfortunate way for his regular season to end. Scherzer could very well win the National League Cy Young Award for going 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 200 2/3 innings. He finished second in the majors with 268 strikeouts, trailing only Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale.

The Nationals will hope for good news heading into the NLDS. They kick off the five-game series at Nationals Park against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Oct. 6. If Scherzer is not ready to go, expect co-ace Stephen Strasburg to toe the rubber instead.