The Washington Nationals announced Wednesday that pitcher Max Scherzer will miss two games to spend time with his pregnant wife, Erica, who is expecting the couple’s second child.

Infielder Adrián Sanchez will take Scherzer’s place on the active roster, joining the Nationals from Class AA Harrisburg on Thursday and Friday. Manager Dave Martinez said Scherzer, who was named the National League pitcher of the month on Wednesday, will still make his regularly slated start Saturday and will travel to Cleveland for the All-Star Game.

Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the Nationals on Wednesday in the second game of the series against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. After an emotional evening for starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, who is coping with the loss of close friend Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels pitcher who passed away earlier this week at 27, and a long night for both teams after a rain delay that lasted over an hour Tuesday, Martinez said he gave the team a break warming up for Wednesday’s 6:05 game.

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“We came in a little later,” Martinez said. “It’s hot. We played, sat around yesterday and finished the game. It was a long day, so I thought it would be nice to give them a little bit of a break.”

The Nationals closed Tuesday’s 3-2 win with a walk-off hit by Trea Turner.

Strasburg has been particularly strong against the Marlins with a 10-0 record and a 1.99 ERA in his past 12 starts.

“One thing about this team is that they like fastballs,” Martinez said about Miami. “When he’s using all four of his pitches successfully, he gets early swings, early contact, and that’s good for him.”

Nationals (43-41)

Brian Dozier, 2B

Matt Adams, 1B

Stephen Strasburg, LHP

Marlins (32-51)

Harold Ramirez, RF

Curtis Granderson, LF

Bryan Holaday, C

JT Riddle, CF

Sandy Alcantara, RHP

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