The Washington Nationals haven’t had the season they were hoping for after losing superstar Bryce Harper to the Phillies last offseason. They currently sit at 33-38 on the year, fourth in the NL East. Unfortunately, things just got a lot worse. Star pitcher Max Scherzer suffered a broken nose after getting hit in the face during batting practice while attempting a bunt.
Scherzer is having another good year at the mound; while his record is only 5-5, he has a 2.81 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 99.1 innings pitched. If the Nationals didn’t improve before the trade deadline, Scherzer was pegged as a top candidate to get traded. A broken nose may throw a wrench into all that.
It remains to be seen how long Scherzer will be out, but knowing Scherzer, it’ll probably be sooner than we think.