You can feel the excitement no matter where you reside if you heard Washington Nationals ace pitcher Max Scherzer speak after his first spring outing on Thursday in a minor league game. Claiming he feels already that he is "back", Scherzer in fact was able to use his standard two finger grip on his fastball and not the much-discussed three finger setup he said previously he would have to employ due to ongoing trouble with a fractured finger. While manager Dusty Baker continues to say Scherzer won't be ready to answer the bell for his Opening Day start, the fact his ace might get into an exhibition game within days means he may not miss much time at all. With Scherzer using the two finger grip that has put him number 2 among all starting pitchers in fantasy baseball and one of the very best strikeout artists in the game, his standing is back upwards to almost where it was prior to spring training getting underway. Those who own Scherzer like yours truly are already breathing somewhat a sigh of relief given this news and it seems all will be well by mid-April. It was a good day here no matter how you slice it.