Hours before Game 5 between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, manager Dave Martinez revealed that Max Scherzer wouldn't be able to start because of back spasms. Although it was a heartbreaking development for the National League champions, it sounds like he's nearing a return to the mound.
Scherzer pitched in Game 1 for Washington as he managed to get through five innings.
While the Nationals are obviously focused on tonight's game, the team did receive encouraging news regarding a potential Game 7.
During his warmup session in the outfield, Scherzer told reporters "I'm good."
With Stephen Strasburg on the mound for Game 6, it's possible that Washington forces another game in this World Series.
If the Nationals bounce back and extend this series to a final game, Martinez could name Scherzer the starter.
It'd be quite the story for the Nationals if Scherzer can return to the team and pitch in the final game of the season. But first, they must take care of business tonight.
Washington took a commanding 2-0 series lead against Houston, but the NL champs were then swept at home.
We'll see how the Nationals perform with their backs against the wall. First pitch is at 8:07 p.m. ET from Minute Maid Park.
The game will be broadcast on FOX.