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Breaking: Max Scherzer Won't Start Game 5 For The Nationals

max scherzer in the nats dugout

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals looks on from the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Nationals Park on June 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Max Scherzer will not start Game 5 of the World Series against the Houston Astros tonight, Nationals manager Dave Martinez shockingly announced this afternoon.

Washington's ace, who pitched earlier this season with a broken nose, is reportedly suffering from neck and back spasms. Scherzer missed about a month of the regular season with an issue earlier in the year.

“If you all know Max ... when he comes in and says he’s hurt this bad, he’s hurt,” Martinez told reporters today.

The Nationals will start Joe Ross in Scherzer's place. He will go up against Gerrit Cole of the Astros.

This is obviously a devastating blow to a Nationals team that was hoping to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series in Game 5 tonight.

The game will still be played, of course, and perhaps the Washington lineup can do what it did in Game 1 against Cole, when the Nats scored five runs in a surprise win.

Washington and Houston are set to begin Game 5 at 8:07 p.m. E.T.

The game will be on FOX.