“He’s in a lot of pain. It’s got to be something excruciating that he couldn’t push his way through. … He said he slept funny on it two days ago, he woke up with a stiff neck. They worked on it and it felt a little better. But then he woke up and it was bad.” –MIKE RIZZO.


Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer will not start Game 5 of the World Series after he arrived at Nationals Park and reported muscle spasms in his right trapezius muscles, the area behind his shoulder. Manager Dave Martinez made the announcement at roughly 4:30 p.m., about three and a half hours before first pitch, to a roomful of stunned reporters.

Right-handed swingman Joe Ross will start in Scherzer’s place against Astros Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole, preempting a highly anticipated rematch of the Game 1 showdown between two of the best pitchers in baseball.

“Max was quiet,” Martinez said. “I’ve never seem him that quiet before.”

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