- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Washington Nationals star pitcher Max Scherzer broke his nose in a freak batting practice incident Tuesday afternoon, the team announced.

Scherzer was slated to start one of the Nationals’ two games Wednesday, but his status is now “TBD,” according to an official.

During a bunting drill, a ball ricocheted off Scherzer’s bat at an odd angle and hit him in the face.

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A CAT scan came back negative, the official said.

Scherzer was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. After Monday’s series opener was rained out and postponed to Wednesday, manager Dave Martinez said Scherzer would start one of the two games of the doubleheader. A broken nose may not preclude Scherzer from pitching.

In his afternoon press conference, Martinez said he hadn’t yet been able to check in on Scherzer personally, but that the team was getting him looked at.

This season, Scherzer is 5-5 with a 2.81 ERA, a 1.077 WHIP and a National League-leading 136 strikeouts.

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