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Finger injury to sideline Scherzer for WBC

The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner would have led a staff that is scheduled to include Chris Archer, Marcus Stroman and Danny Duffy, and could potentially feature Madison Bumgarner and/or Clayton Kershaw should Team USA advance to the later rounds. David Price and Andrew Miller are two other star pitchers who could participate, but neither is confirmed yet.

Team USA opens play in Pool C at Marlins Park beginning March 10.

This year, Scherzer became the first pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1965 to lead the NL in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and WHIP.