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Scherzer, Soto should make delayed spring debuts this week

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Max Scherzer and Juan Soto should make their delayed Grapefruit League debuts this week for the Washington Nationals.

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, hurt his left ankle last month while preparing for the start of spring training but could start Washington’s exhibition game against visiting St. Louis on Friday.

“If everything goes according to plan, Max will probably do a little bit of a touchy-feely bullpen tomorrow and start the game,” pitching coach Jim Hickey said Tuesday, when Washington did not have a game. “As long as he responds well, and I think that he will.