By Sam Bush

The suddenly sinking Phillies need some good news.

And they got it when it was announced that Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer landed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. The move is retroactive to July 10.

That means he won’t be able to start today against the Phils at CBP.

The Nationals could not make the move retroactive to July 6, Scherzer’s last start, because injured list rules stipulate teams can backdate only up to three days. The all-star break did not affect the timing.

After Friday night’s 4-0 win over the Phillies, Scherzer expressed confidence that he and the team’s medical staff knew exactly what the injury was and how to treat it. He also was optimistic that he would start Tuesday in Baltimore for the series opener against the Orioles.

“This is not something to be overly concerned about,” he said at the time. “I know the feeling of what it’s going to take to get back on the mound and get completely through the ball. Like I said, we’re only a matter of days. This isn’t a long-term injury.”