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Nokes: Scherzer breaks nose during bunting drill

Danny Nokes
June 19, 2019 - 10:59 am

Injuries have once again hurt the Washington Nationals in a big way this season.

The Nats have seen Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Juan Soto and Ryan Zimmerman (among others) all make trips to the Injured List in 2019. Over the last month or so, Washington saw the return of all but Zimmerman and their record has begun to finally improve.

This week, the Nationals face both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves; two of the 3 teams currently ahead of them in the National League East standings. Clearly, it's an important week for Washington's hopes of returning to NL East contention this year.

The last thing the Nationals need is another injury, especially another injury to a key player.

Well, the Nats were faced with exactly that yesterday when 3-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer was hit in the face with a pitch during a bunting drill:

Hours afterward, the Nationals confirmed Scherzer does in fact have a broken nose. However, the team is not sure how long he'll be out, or if he'll miss any time at all:

Washington has had each of their first two games against Philadelphia this week postponed due to inclement weather. The two teams are scheduled to play a split doubleheader today with the first game beginning at 1:05 PM and the second game beginning at 7:05 PM.

The Nationals are planning to throw Patrick Corbin in Game 1 today. Corbin was originally scheduled to start on Monday night in the series opener against the Phillies.

Both Erick Fedde and the injured Scherzer could see their starts shifted into another important series heading into this weekend against Atlanta. This would also allow Stephen Strasburg to pitch the second half of today's doubleheader on his normal rest.

We'll know much more by the end of the first game today and possibly sooner.