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Washington Nationals: Scherzer’s Ring Finger Injury Uncommon

How did Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer develop a stress fracture in his right ring finger knuckle? Better yet, how did he pitch at such a high level with a broken finger?

When we think of pitching injuries, the shoulder, elbow and forearm come to mind. From torn rotator cuffs to Stephen Strasburg’s flexor mass strain, the repetitive and unnatural nature of pitching leads to a variety of aches and pains. This one is new.

A stress fracture is a hairline crack in the bone. Depending on the location, there should be some swelling and pain.