On Tuesday night, Washington Nationals star pitcher Max Scherzer made his return to the mound for the first time since he suffered an injury in the first inning of the team’s game against the San Francisco Giants on June 11.
Scherzer’s return to the mound is great news for Nationals fans who hope to see yet another Cy Young campaign from their star pitcher. While he’s probably happy to be healthy again, there is one thing he’s not thrilled with.
The MLB is cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances to control the ball. To enforce the new rules, umpires are checking pitchers in between innings to see if they’re using anything illegal.
After the first inning, Scherzer was stopped on his way off the mound. He was clearly not thrilled with needing to be inspected when he came off the bump.
Check it out.
max scherzer is pissed about getting checked for using a foreign substance pic.twitter.com/hcHa6vhVew
— OPT (@OnePursuitTakes) June 22, 2021
Scherzer is one of the most animated pitchers when he’s on the mound. He carried that off the mound and into the dugout on Tuesday night.
Through nearly three innings on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, Scherzer is having plenty of success. He allowed a home run to Bryce Harper, but already has five strikeouts and has allowed just one hit so far tonight.