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Nationals ace Max Scherzer breaks nose with bunt in pregame batting practice

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 6/18/2019 Steve Gardner

Max Scherzer holding a baseball bat © Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC If there's a fitting metaphor for the way the season has started for Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, it's this. The ace right-hander suffered a broken nose Tuesday while he was taking pregame batting practice when, on a bunt attempt, he fouled a ball directly into his face. 

X-rays confirmed the broken nose, but the Nationals did not say how it would impact Scherzer's scheduled start on Wednesday. A CAT scan was negative, team officials said.

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The three-time Cy Young award winner has pitched well so far this season, but has a middling 5-5 record to show for his typically stellar 2.81 ERA. The Nationals' MLB-worst bullpen (6.27 ERA) has blown several leads for Scherzer and the rest of the staff as the Nats currently sit in fourth place in the NL East, nine games behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves entering Tuesday's play.

As was the case on Monday, the second of the three-games series between the Nationals and second-place Philadelphia Phillies was rained out Tuesday night.

Monday's game has been rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. Scherzer is in line to start the second game, but the injury could affect those plans.


Tuesday's game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on September 24.

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