There was a scary scene on the field at Nationals Park in the fourth inning Friday night when Nationals left-hander John Lannan was hit in the face with a comebacker off the bat of Ty Wigginton.
He was diagnosed with a nasal contusion, which is essentially a bad bruise, and is listed as day-to-day.
Lannan attempted to field the line shot on a 1-1 pitch with no outs but the ball evaded his glove and appeared to strike him directly on the left side of his face in the nose and cheek bone area. He went down into a crouch on the mound but almost immediately popped back up and began walking off the field.
Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz met him halfway and Lannan could be seen talking to him and appeared very alert. He held his hat over his nose as blood began pouring out of it and Kuntz grabbed Lannan by the back of the jersey as the two made their way into the tunnel, presumably to be sure the left-hander remained steady down the steps.
Ryan Mattheus entered the game in Lannan’s place.