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Nationals’ Max Scherzer out of 2017 WBC with stress fracture in knuckle of right ring finger

Max Scherzer talked early last month about being excited to participate in the World Baseball Classic after the US team’s manager, Jim Leyland, called to personally ask the right-hander to join the team.

“When Jim Leyland calls, and I have so much respect for Jim Leyland, that when he asked me to play, you don’t say no,” Scherzer said.

According to a report from the Washington Nationals this afternoon, however, the 2016 Cy Young award winner will not participate in the WBC, “... due to the ongoing rehabilitation of a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger.