Nats manager Dusty Baker gauging Max Scherzer's health, unsure on Game 1 starter

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer says he definitely plans to pitch in the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs despite tweaking his right hamstring during his final regular-season start.

Washington manager Dusty Baker says he is not sure who will pitch Game 1.

"We really haven't decided exactly," Baker said. "We have a couple days to decide."

On Tuesday, Stephen Strasburg tossed a bullpen session off a mound during Washington's first pre-NLDS workout. Scherzer threw in the outfield grass.

"We really haven't determined what game we're eyeing yet," Scherzer said. "The first and foremost thing is just making sure that whenever I do take the ball, that I'm healthy and I'm able to go out there and compete the way I'm able to compete."

Strasburg has one made only postseason appearance, in 2014. He was shut down in 2012 and injured last year.

Scherzer said his leg is OK when he runs or lift weights but hurts when he tries to pitch. He thinks he'll have a better idea about his status after a bullpen session Wednesday.

Washington hosts Chicago on Friday night.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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