WASHINGTON NATIONALS

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ATLANTA — Max Scherzer was able to throw off a bullpen mound Tuesday with no issues, putting the Nationals ace on track to start Friday night against Matt Harvey and the Mets at Citi Field.

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ATLANTA — Anthony Rendon is out of Class AA Harrisburg’s lineup for the third straight day, this time after complaining of tightness in his side, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams.

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ATLANTA — Needing to clear a spot on their roster for A.J. Cole to make his big-league debut Tuesday night, the Nationals optioned reliever Rafael Martin to Class AAA Syracuse.

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ATLANTA — Amid the uproar over Andrelton Simmons’ questionable takeout slide that injured Yunel Escobar, the back-and-forth between the Nationals and Braves that ensued and then news of prospect A

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